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In the British Isles, elevenses (pronunciation: //) 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, a similar mealbreak is known as morning tea, shortened to mornos in the Royal Australian Navy and more formally known as a morning tea.
During the first decades of the 19th century, in the United States, elevenses was a custom of a 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 biscuits 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 some parts of Ireland, elevenses is taken as a break from work to share chocolate. Typically said chocolate is stored in a refrigerator to keep it cool.
In many Spanish-speaking cultures, such as that of Colombia, 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".
For elevenses, Winnie-the-Pooh preferred honey on bread with condensed milk. Paddington Bear often took elevenses at the antique shop on Portobello Road run by his friend Mr. Gruber. Paddington would buy the buns and Mr. Gruber would make the cocoa.
Elevenses is the name of a brand of clothing sold by Anthropologie.
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