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Elevenses is a term used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and some Commonwealth countries to describe a short break taken at around 11 a.m. to consume a drink or snack of some sort. The name "elevenses" is derived from the time at which the break is taken, 11 a.m.

History[edit | edit source]

The concept of elevenses dates back to the late 18th century, when it was common for people to eat only two main meals a day, breakfast and dinner. The addition of elevenses provided a necessary break and energy boost during the long stretch between these meals.

Cultural Significance[edit | edit source]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, elevenses is often a social event, with friends or colleagues gathering to enjoy tea and biscuits. It is also a common feature in British literature, notably in the works of Agatha Christie and J.R.R. Tolkien.

In other Commonwealth countries, such as Australia and New Zealand, elevenses may also be referred to as "morning tea" or "smoko". It is often a time for a light snack and a cup of tea or coffee.

Typical Foods[edit | edit source]

The food consumed during elevenses varies by region and personal preference, but it typically includes hot beverages such as tea or coffee, and light snacks such as biscuits, scones, or toast. In some regions, it may also include more substantial foods, such as a small sandwich or a piece of fruit.

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