Definition of elevenses in English:

elevenses

plural noun

British
informal
  • A short break for light refreshments, usually with tea or coffee, taken about eleven o'clock in the morning.

    • ‘While the children contentedly play with a wooden railway, I look at my tight schedule and notice that I am supposed to eat a slice of Victoria sponge cake for elevenses.’
    • ‘But now not many people have elevenses, or a formal pause at any other time in the working day, skipping lunch and grabbing a snack when they can.’
    • ‘In the private confines of my own salon at home, this does not produce a problem, but at the office with the usual loo under the stairs, and the staff all queuing up after elevenses, it becomes very embarrassing.’
    • ‘Cut down on all those extras: for elevenses - no biscuits or chocolate bars; fruit if you're hungry.’
    • ‘Her mother had been down at the shops and snapped up half a dozen buns for elevenses.’
    • ‘At eleven, a short woman carrying elevenses to the children interrupted classes, a meal consisting of a glass of milk and a shortbread biscuit.’
    • ‘I was informed ‘The children are stopping for elevenses.’’
    • ‘Then after checking my work messages (none that needed my urgent attention) I went up to see Roger in Crouch End for elevenses and a then spot of lunch.’
    • ‘I thought I could see the dents on her forearms where she rested them on a table while addressing lunch dinner and elevenses.’
    • ‘The delicate balance between the lively sweet caramel and the bland supporting wafer is a perfect combination for elevenses or 4pm Darjeeling.’
    • ‘Let's skip elevenses, have an early lunch, and perhaps it'll be bright enough and dry enough for you later on.’
    • ‘The journey in was a breeze, all the crates that left the old offices turned up safely at the new one, there were free Danish pastries for elevenses and the air conditioning system functioned adequately enough.’
    • ‘I am a simple man with simple tastes - toast is adequate for elevenses.’
    • ‘A heated verbal exchange between a Fianna Fail councillor and a Fine Gael rival spilled into the council tearoom at elevenses last week.’
    • ‘After elevenses in the Portaferry Hotel we made the short ferry crossing across the reputedly perilous waters of Strangford Lough at the Narrows, beside open sea.’
    • ‘A nice fix at breakfast, one for elevenses, and another one at teatime, it was like breaks at the cricket, or something.’
    • ‘He always has an elevenses of seed cake and Madeira, and his favourite restaurant is Sweetings in the City.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, at elevenses, I did hear someone request a large gin instead of a coffee - then I realised it was me.’
    • ‘While we still enjoy a Kit Kat for elevenses, more of us are opting for something more sophisticated after hours.’
    light meal, something to eat, sandwich, supper, treat, refreshments, nibbles, canapés, titbit, titbits
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Pronunciation

elevenses

/əˈlɛvənzəz//əˈlevənzəz/