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1. An afternoon social gathering at which tea and light refreshments are served.
2. Tea Party A conservative political movement in the United States founded in the early 21st century and committed to limiting taxation, the size and spending of the federal government, and governmental regulation of the economy.
[Sense 2, after the Boston Tea Party.]
a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in the US) a political movement, associated with the right wing of the Republican Party, favouring reduction in taxation and government spending
[C21: after the Boston Tea Party]
a social gathering, usu. in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.