a fancy or fussy meeting or reception where refreshments, especially sweet and insubstantial refreshments are served. (Fixed order.) • I don't have time to spend the afternoon having tea and crumpets with the office staff I have work to do! • Almost every one of my Sunday afternoons is taken up with tea and crumpets for this cause and tea and crumpets for that cause! My rest and relaxation is the only cause I am interested in this Sunday!