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tea

 (tē)
n.
1.
a. An evergreen shrub or small tree (Camellia sinensis) native to Asia, having fragrant, nodding, cup-shaped white flowers and glossy leaves.
b. The young, dried leaves of this plant, prepared by various processes and used to make a beverage, usually served hot.
2. An aromatic, slightly bitter beverage made by steeping tea leaves in boiling water.
3. Any of various plants, such as New Jersey tea, having leaves that are or were formerly used to make a tealike beverage.
4. Any of various beverages made by steeping the leaves of certain plants, such as peppermint.
5. Any of various beverages made by extracting an infusion from meat, especially beef.
6. A tea rose.
7. Chiefly British
a. An afternoon refreshment consisting usually of sandwiches and cakes served with tea.
b. High tea.
8. An afternoon reception or social gathering at which tea is served.
9. Slang Marijuana.

[Probably Dutch thee, from Malay teh, from Amoy te (equivalent to Mandarin chá), from dialectal Early Middle Chinese daı̷; akin to Middle Chinese drε⋮ (source of Mandarin chá, tea); see chanoyu.]
Word History: "Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey, / Dost sometimes counsel take—and sometimes tea." When Alexander Pope wrote these lines from The Rape of the Lock in 1714, tea still rhymed with obey. This was true of many words spelled with ea, and it was just about in Pope's time that nearly all these words started changing their pronunciation from (ā) to (ē), as in our modern pronunciation of tea (tē). Most modern English words whose main vowel sound is spelled -ea- were pronounced with long vowels in Middle and Old English. Many of these vowels were shortened in the 1500s and 1600s to their modern pronunciations, as in our words dead and sweat. But those words that were pronounced with an (ā) sound in Middle English did not undergo this sound change and kept their long vowels, undergoing the further change in Pope's time to the modern "long e" sound. There were several exceptions to this last sound change, most notably the words break, great, and steak. Interestingly, the old pronunciation is also retained in Irish family names, such as Reagan, Shea, Beatty, and Yeats (in contrast to British family names such as Keats).

tea

(tiː)
n
1. (Plants) an evergreen shrub or small tree, Camellia sinensis, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having toothed leathery leaves and white fragrant flowers: family Theaceae
2. (Cookery)
a. the dried shredded leaves of this shrub, used to make a beverage by infusion in boiling water
b. such a beverage, served hot or iced
c. (as modifier): tea caddy; tea urn.
3. (Plants)
a. any of various plants that are similar to Camellia sinensis or are used to make a tealike beverage
b. any such beverage
4. (Cookery) chiefly
a. Also called: afternoon tea a light meal eaten in mid-afternoon, usually consisting of tea and cakes, biscuits, or sandwiches
b. (as modifier): a tea party.
c. Also called: high tea afternoon tea that also includes a light cooked dish
5. (Cookery) Brit and Austral and NZ the main evening meal
6. (Recreational Drugs) old-fashioned slang US and Canadian marijuana
7. tea and sympathy informal a caring attitude, esp to someone in trouble
[C17: from Chinese (Amoy) t'e, from Ancient Chinese d'a]

tea

(ti)

n.
1. the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Thea (Camellia) sinensis, of the family Theaceade.
2. the shrub itself, extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and having fragrant white flowers.
3. a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage prepared by infusing tea leaves in boiling water, served hot or iced.
4. any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
5. any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other plants, used as a beverage or medicine.
6. a snack or light meal, usu. including tea, sandwiches, and cakes, eaten in the late afternoon.
7. Brit. any meal eaten in the late afternoon or evening.
8. an afternoon reception at which tea is served.
9. Slang. marijuana.
[1645–55; earlier also tay < Dutch thee < Malay te < dial. Chinese (Xiamen) t'e, akin to Chinese chá]

tea

1. the drink

Tea is a drink made with boiling water and the dried leaves of the tea bush. Many people add milk to the drink, and some add sugar.

She poured herself another cup of tea.
Brian went into the kitchen to make a fresh pot of tea.
2. meals

Tea is also the name of two different types of meal.

In Britain, some people use tea to refer to a light meal that they eat in the afternoon. This meal usually consists of sandwiches and cakes, with tea to drink. It is sometimes called afternoon tea.

I'll make sandwiches for tea.

Some British people use tea to refer to a main meal that they eat in the early evening.

At five o'clock he comes home for his tea.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tea - a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in watertea - a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water; "iced tea is a cooling drink"
beverage, drinkable, potable, drink - any liquid suitable for drinking; "may I take your beverage order?"
tea leaf, tea - dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea; "the store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"
cambric tea - a beverage for children containing hot water and milk and sugar and a small amount of tea
cuppa, cupper - a cup of tea
herb tea, herbal, herbal tea - tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs
ice tea, iced tea - strong tea served over ice
sun tea - tea made by exposing tea leaves steeped in water to the direct rays of the sun; usually served with ice
caffein, caffeine - a bitter alkaloid found in coffee and tea that is responsible for their stimulating effects
2.tea - a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakestea - a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; "an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
meal, repast - the food served and eaten at one time
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
3.tea - a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and Indiatea - a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves; "tea has fragrant white flowers"
tea leaf, tea - dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea; "the store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"
genus Camellia - tropical Asiatic evergreen shrubs or small trees
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
4.tea - a reception or party at which tea is served; "we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
reception - a formal party of people; as after a wedding
5.tea - dried leaves of the tea shrubtea - dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea; "the store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"
herb - aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
tea bag - a measured amount of tea in a bag for an individual serving of tea
tea - a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water; "iced tea is a cooling drink"
black tea - fermented tea leaves
green tea - tea leaves that have been steamed and dried without fermenting
oolong - Chinese tea leaves that have been partially fermented before being dried
Camellia sinensis, tea - a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves; "tea has fragrant white flowers"

tea

noun
Quotations
"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors" [Alice Walker The Color Purple]

Teas

Assam, bohea, camomile tea, Ceylon, Chinese tea, congou or congo, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, green tea, gunpowder tea, herb or herbal tea, Indian tea, jasmine tea, Lapsang Souchong, lemon tea, mint tea, oolong, orange pekoe, post-and-rail tea (archaic), Russian tea
Translations
شَايفِنْجان شايمَشْروب الشاينَبات الشايوَجْبَة الشاي بعْد الظُهْر
čajsvačina
teaftenmåltideftermiddagstekop temiddagsmad
teo
tee
teevälipalahaudekahvi
čajužina
tea
teh
teterunni; tesíîdegiste
お茶夕食
저녁식사
arbataarbatėlėarbatinėarbatinisarbatinis puodelis
tēja
ceai
čajolovrant
čaj
te
ชาน้ำชา
çayikindi kahvaltısı
bữa ăn nhẹchè

tea

[tiː]
A. N
1. (= drink, plant) → m
would you like some tea?¿te apetece un té?
a cup of teauna taza de té
I'm making another pot of teavoy a hacer otra tetera
tea with lemon; lemon teacon limón
camomile teamanzanilla f
herbal/mint team de hierbas/menta
iced teate m helado
not for all the tea in Chinapor nada del mundo
tea and sympathy (euph) → té y sonrisas
see also cup
2. (= cup of tea) → m
three teas and a coffee pleasetres tés y un café por favor
3. (= meal) (afternoon) → m, merienda f; (evening) (Brit) → cena f
an invitation to teauna invitación a tomar el té or merendar
high teamerienda-cena f (que se toma con té)
to have teatomar el té, merendar
B. CPD tea bag Nbolsita f de té
tea boy N chico que prepara y sirve el té en una fábrica u oficina
tea break Ndescanso m para el té
tea caddy Nbote m para té
tea cart N (US) = tea trolley tea chest Ncaja f grande de madera
tea cloth N (for trolley, tray) → mantelito m, pañito m; (for dishes) = tea towel tea cosy, tea cozy (US) Ncubretetera m
tea dance Nm bailable, té-baile m
tea garden N (= café) → café m al aire libre (Agr) → plantación f de té
tea lady N (Brit) señora que prepara y sirve el té en una fábrica u oficina
tea leaf Nhoja f de té
tea party Nm, merienda f
tea rose Nrosa f de té
tea service, tea set Nservicio m de té, juego m de té
tea strainer Ncolador m de té
tea table Nmesita f de té
tea things NPLservicio m del
tea towel Npaño m de cocina, trapo m de cocina (LAm)
tea tray Nbandeja f del
tea trolley N (Brit) → carrito m del
tea urn Ntetera f grande
tea wagon N (US) → carrito m del

tea

[ˈtiː]
n
(= drink) → thé m
a cup of tea → une tasse de thé
(= leaves) → thé m
(herbal)tisane f
herbal teas → des tisanes
(British) (also afternoon tea) → thé m
(British) (= evening meal) → dîner m
modif [ceremony] → du thé; [plantation] → de thétea bag nsachet m de thétea break n (British)pause-thé ftea caddy n (mainly British)boîte f à thé

tea

n
(= substance, drink)Tee m; to make (the) tea(den) Tee machen; a cup of teaeine Tasse Tee; not for all the tea in Chinanicht um alles Gold der Welt
(also tea plant)Tee(strauch) m
(Brit) (= afternoon tea)˜ Kaffee und Kuchen; (= meal)Abendbrot nt; we have tea at fivewir essen um 5 Uhr Abendbrot or zu Abend

tea

:
tea bag
nTeebeutel m
tea ball
n (esp US) → Tee-Ei nt, → Teeei nt
tea biscuit
nButterkeks m; teasTeegebäck nt
tea boy
nStift m
tea break
n (esp Brit) → Pause f
tea caddy
n (esp Brit) → Teebüchse for -dose f; (= dispenser)Teespender m
teacake
n (Brit) → Rosinenbrötchen nt
teacart
n (US) → Teewagen m, → Servierwagen m

tea

:
tea cloth
n (Brit) → Geschirrtuch nt
tea cosy, (US) tea cozy
nTeewärmer m
teacup
n
Teetasse f ? storm N a
(also teacupful)Tasse f(voll)
tea dance
nTanztee m
tea garden
nGartencafé nt
teahouse
nTeehaus nt

tea

:
tea lady
n (Brit) Frau, die in Büros etc für die Angestellten Tee zubereitet
tea leaf
n
Teeblatt nt ? read1 VT b
(Brit inf: = thief) → Langfinger m (inf)

tea

:
tea party
teapot
nTeekanne f

tea

:
tearoom
n (Brit) → Teestube f, → Café nt
tea rose
nTeerose f

tea

:
tea service, tea set
nTeeservice nt
teashop
nTeestube f

tea

:
teaspoon
n
(also teaspoonful)Teelöffel m(voll)
tea strainer
nTeesieb nt

tea

:
tea table
n (esp Brit) to lay the teaden Tisch zum Tee/fürs Abendessen decken; at the teabeim Tee/Abendessen
teatime
n (Brit) (for afternoon tea) → Teestunde f; (= mealtime)Abendessen nt; when is tea in your house?wann trinkt ihr Tee/esst ihr zu Abend?; we’ll talk about it at teawir werden uns beim Tee/beim Abendessen darüber unterhalten; I’ll meet you at teaich treffe Sie am späten Nachmittag
tea towel
n (Brit) → Geschirrtuch nt
tea tray
nTablett nt, → Teebrett nt
tea trolley
nTeewagen m, → Servierwagen m
tea urn
nTeebereiter m
tea wagon
n (US) → Teewagen m, → Servierwagen m

tea

[tiː]
1. n
a. (beverage) → m inv
I made a pot of tea → ho fatto un po' di
tea with lemon → al limone
it's just my cup of tea! (fig) → è proprio quello che fa per me!
b. (Brit) (main evening meal) → cena; (also afternoon tea) → m inv
we're invited to tea at the Browns' → siamo stati invitati per il tè dai Brown
2. adjdi tè, del tè

tea

(tiː) noun
1. a type of plant grown in Asia, especially India, Ceylon and China, or its dried and prepared leaves. I bought half a kilo of tea.
2. a drink made by adding boiling water to these. Have a cup of tea!
3. a cup etc of tea. Two teas, please!
4. a small meal in the afternoon (afternoon tea) or a larger one in the early evening, at which tea is often drunk. She invited him to tea.
ˈtea-bag
a small bag or sachet of thin paper containing tea, on to which boiling water is poured in a pot or cup.
ˈteacup noun
a cup, usually of medium size, in which tea is served.
ˈtea-party nounplural ˈtea-parties
an afternoon party at which tea is usually served. She has been invited to a tea-party.
ˈteapot noun
a pot with a spout used for making and pouring tea.
ˈtearoom noun
a restaurant where tea, coffee, cakes etc are served.
ˈtea-set, ˈtea-service nouns
a set of cups, saucers and plates, sometimes with a teapot and milk-jug.
ˈteaspoon noun
1. a small spoon for use with a teacup. I need a teaspoon to stir my tea.
2. a teaspoonful. a teaspoon of salt.
ˈteaspoonful noun
an amount that fills a teaspoon. two teaspoonfuls of salt.
ˈtea-time noun
the time in the late afternoon or early evening at which people take tea. He said he would be back at tea-time.
ˈtea-towel noun
a cloth for drying dishes after they have been washed eg after a meal.

tea

شَاي čaj, svačina middagsmad, te Tee κολατσιό, τσάι merienda, onces, tee goûter, thé čaj, užina お茶, 夕食 저녁식사, 차 avondeten, thee te herbata, herbatka chá полдник, чай te ชา, น้ำชา çay bữa ăn nhẹ, chè 下午茶,

tea

n. té.

tea

nm; (medicinal) infusión f; green — té verde
References in classic literature ?
I liked the things and the kisses, but it was dreadful to have you sit looking at me while I opened the bundles," said Beth, who was toasting her face and the bread for tea at the same time.
I put some harmless sedative in your tea that you might sleep soundly, and not awaken until we were well on our way.
During one of the pauses between their talk of the last tea and the next reception the door opened and a young man entered whom Brantain knew quite well.
Think of that little one with the curls--I don't believe he is over seventeen, for all his baby moustache--says he's going to build an assembly hall for us to give a dance in next month; and apologizes the next breath to tell us that there isn't any milk to be had nearer than La Grange, and we must do without it, and use syrup in our tea to-morrow.
Coming downstairs to meet my colleague in the hall, I remembered a pair of gloves that had required three stitches and that had received them-- with a publicity perhaps not edifying--while I sat with the children at their tea, served on Sundays, by exception, in that cold, clean temple of mahogany and brass, the "grown-up" dining room.
We were fain to button up our monkey jackets, and hold to our lips cups of scalding tea with our half frozen fingers.
The invariable moisture of my hair, while plunged in deep thought, after six cups of hot tea in my thin shingled attic, of an August noon; this seems an additional argument for the above supposition.
And I'll have the meat pie ready for an early tea instead of for dinner," said Polly; and away she went, while he made his preparations to the tune of "Polly's the woman and no mistake", of which tune he was very fond.
There were sugar and salt and tea and crackers, and a can of lard and a milk pail, and a scrubbing brush, and a pair of shoes for the second oldest boy, and a can of oil, and a tack hammer, and a pound of nails.
A round, black, shining face is hers, so glossy as to suggest the idea that she might have been washed over with white of eggs, like one of her own tea rusks.
All three entered, and mounted to the library, where tea was laid ready.
Yes, I am to rest here a little, and I am to drink some tea, and you are to take care of me the while.