Definition of tea in English:

tea

Syllabification: tea

noun

  • 1A hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.
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    • He was making popcorn on the stove and boiling water for tea.
    • Gaunt mothers and children sat near their tents, sometimes boiling water for tea, a ritual of normalcy that they still maintained.
    • Things have changed from drinking plain tea to water to special solutions but one must know the guidelines.
  • 1.1The dried leaves used to make tea.
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    • That time Mary McCormack in her little thatched shop kept flour, tea, sugar, salt, lamp oil, and perhaps some liquorice sweets.
    • Canned meats and fish, as well as flour, tea, and sugar, have become important food items as well.
    • At one end of the market, a few stands sold a variety of local spices, sauces, tea and jams.
  • 1.2 [usually with adjective or noun modifier] A hot drink made from the infused leaves, fruits, or flowers of other plants: herbal tea fruit teas
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    • Fill a large basket with an assortment of goodies from your health food store, such as organic salsa, fruit teas, and tropical-flavored drinks.
    • Let's see - from left to right there's passionfruit, black tea and kumquat teas with tapioca pearls.
    • I served herbal tea to the tea drinkers and fruit juice to the others.
  • 2 (also tea plant) The evergreen shrub or small tree that produces tea leaves, native to South and eastern Asia and grown as a major cash crop.
    • Camellia sinensis, family Theaceae
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    • The Camellia sinensis tea plant is native to China and commercially produced in tropical and subtropical regions, primarily China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).
    • The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, comes in many forms - black, green, oolong.
    • The filmmaker also found unusual trees: a tea plant, a ban oak, copper beeches, a maidenhair tree in Killarney, and a Kentucky coffee bean tree in Greenside.
  • 3chiefly British A light afternoon meal consisting typically of tea to drink, sandwiches, and cakes.
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    • The two princesses had to have a cooked tea because they were in bed by dinner time, but they also had afternoon tea, with sandwiches, scones and a large cake.
    • It was a successful afternoon enjoyed by everyone, which was followed by afternoon tea, consisting of sandwiches and cakes supplied by the choir.
    • That is always assuming that they can fit it all in after having been served up a full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and home-made cakes and canapés.
  • 3.1British A cooked evening meal. See also high tea.
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    • The people were British in their manner, tea was had frequently and the evening meal was called tea, not dinner.
    • I cooked tea for myself a few days ago and managed to eat a very undercooked steak and kidney pudding (it's a long story), and have been feeling a bit rough ever since.
    • I sighed and went to the kitchen, to cook tea with the food that she had promised to buy on her way back from the midwife's.

Origin

mid 17th century: probably via Malay from Chinese (Min dialect) te; related to Mandarin chá. Compare with char3.

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