tea·​time | \ ˈtē-ˌtīm How to pronounce teatime (audio) \

Definition of teatime

: the customary time for tea : late afternoon or early evening

Examples of teatime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the nonchalance of an actor who spent the ’80s making rent by playing a semimystical antiques dealer in a British teatime drama, McShane declared that everyone needed to calm down about George R. R. Martin’s epic saga. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Why The Witcher Is Better Than Game of Thrones," 1 Jan. 2020 Caneel Bay Plantation, as it was then called, offered an alternative experience beyond chain brand amenities — with cabins just footsteps from the water, and an informal communal teatime where guests mingled each day on the veranda. Emily Palmer, New York Times, "Caneel Bay: Why a Caribbean Paradise Remains in Ruins," 20 Jan. 2020 Tony explained this was a sort of upper-class colonial thing, where the Ugandans were much more likely to have teatime and starched napkins and staff than their English counterparts. Hannah Howard, Longreads, "The Name Change Dilemma," 1 Nov. 2019 Once upon a teatime, The Great British Baking Show was a baking competition. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Great British Baking Show," 3 Oct. 2019 The game was broadcast live on BBC One at Sunday teatime and it has been confirmed as the most watched women's game ever on UK TV after as many as 6.1 million tuned in. SI.com, "2019 Women's World Cup: England vs Scotland Attracts Record TV Audience as 6.1m Viewers Tune in," 10 June 2019 One that might be a big change for Markle is that the family opens presents at teatime on Christmas Eve—not Christmas morning, like most of us mere mortals. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Why Meghan Markle Can't Open Presents on Christmas Anymore," 13 Nov. 2018 Whether Churchill came up during the teatime conversation was not disclosed. Katie Rogers, New York Times, "From Truman to Trump, Queen Elizabeth Has Met 12 U.S. Presidents," 13 July 2018 Grant said during a recent teatime chat with a group of reporters. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Hugh Grant Gets Comfortable with Controversy in A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of teatime

1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Teatime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teatime. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of teatime

British : the usual time for the afternoon meal known as tea : late afternoon or early evening

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