Afternoon tea
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British pronunciation/ˌaftənˈuːn tˈiː/
American pronunciation/ˌæftɚnˈuːn tˈiː/
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a small meal that consists of cakes and tea, eaten in the afternoon

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What is "afternoon tea"?

Afternoon tea is a tradition that originated in Britain and involves enjoying a light meal typically served in the late afternoon or early evening. It typically consists of a selection of finger sandwiches with various fillings like cucumber, egg salad, or smoked salmon, alongside freshly baked scones served with clotted cream and jam. Additionally, an assortment of sweet pastries, cakes, and biscuits are often served to complement the savory items. This elegant affair is accompanied by a pot of freshly brewed tea, often served in fine china cups with milk and sugar on the side.

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During the afternoon tea, the ladies gathered to natter about the latest news in the neighborhood.
They gathered for afternoon tea and enjoyed scones with clotted cream and jam.
She hosted an afternoon tea and served golden syrup scones.
The quaint tradition of afternoon tea, served with scones and clotted cream, was a cherished ritual.
He elevated his afternoon tea by adding a spoonful of lemon curd to his hot tea.
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