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In the United Kingdom and Ireland, 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 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 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 many[which?] 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".
Elevenses is the name of a brand of clothing sold by Anthropologie.
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