Definition of tea party in English:

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tea party

Pronunciation: /ˈtē ˌpärdē/

noun

1A social gathering in the afternoon at which tea, cakes, and other light refreshments are served.
Example sentences
  • I appreciate the invitation for the afternoon tea party with Princess Mikasa but unfortunately had to go on to something else.
  • The local ladies of the Limerick Invalid fund thank all who contributed so generously to the afternoon tea party.
  • At least the Vicar's tea party serves refreshments.
2 (Tea Party) A US political movement that emerged from a series of conservative protests against the federal government in 2009.
With allusion to the Boston Tea Party
Example sentences
  • Florida, always a key electoral battleground, has become ground zero for the burgeoning Tea Party movement this year.
  • Mr. Kennedy has gotten some support from conservative Tea Party organizations.
  • Now, Tea Party activists are trying to take over the establishment, ground up.

Derivatives

Tea Partier

noun
Example sentences
  • I think it does depend on the ability of the Tea-Partiers to attract and coopt people who aren't conservatives.
  • As a Tea Partier, I think the term "Tea Party Movement" is very misleading.
  • If Polly ever changes political allegiance again (as she did before) I can imagine her as a Tea Partier.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: tea par·ty

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