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In the United Kingdom and Ireland, elevenses is a snack that is similar to afternoon tea, but eaten in the morning. It is generally less savoury than brunch, and might consist of some cake or biscuits with a cup of coffee or tea. The name refers to the time of day that it is taken: around 11 am. In Australia and New Zealand, elevenses is called morning tea or smoko (often little lunch, recess or playlunch in primary school). In Canadian primary schools, the custom is common and is known as recess. Choice of foods consumed at morning tea vary from cakes, pastries or lamingtons, or biscuits, to just coffee. In the Royal Australian Navy elevenses is commonly called mornos.
In the United States, elevenses refers to the antiquated custom of the late-morning whiskey break. 
In Sweden elevenses is a tradition mostly associated with elderly people, the Swedish word is "elva-kaffe" meaning "eleven-coffee". It is often served with some kind of cookie but the main focus is on the coffee. In West Friesland country people had a similar meal called "konkelstik" (served at "konkeltoid", the proper time for "konkelen", a verb denoting "making a visit").
In many Spanish-speaking cultures the term las onces (the elevens in Spanish) is used to describe a similar meal. Among Chileans it has shifted to later in the afternoon, more closely reflecting the pattern of British "tea time".
In literature 
Other Uses 
Elevenses is the name of a brand of clothing sold by Anthropologie.
See also 
- Harper, Timothy (1997). Passport United Kingdom: Your Pocket Guide to British Business, Customs and Etiquette. World Trade Press. ISBN 1-885073-28-3.
- Pollan, Michael (October 12, 2003). "THE WAY WE LIVE NOW: 10-12-03; The (Agri)Cultural Contradictions Of Obesity". The New York Times.
- Thijs, J. G. A. (1984). Taal ter sprake. Nijgh & Van Ditmar. p. 40. ISBN 9789023655930. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
- Hoekstra, A. C. ter Horst- (1953). "'t Pistoal: Een Westfriese historie (1870-1878)". De Speelwagen 8 (10): 303–12.
- Collier, Simon (2004). A History of Chile, 1808-2002. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-53484-4.
- Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin (published 1987), Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party, ISBN 0-395-08254-4
- The dictionary definition of elevensies at Wiktionary