Definitions of tea

  1. To take or drink tea.
  2. ( British) a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; " an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
  3. 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"
  4. 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"
  5. a reception or party at which tea is served; " we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
  6. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage.
  7. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea.
  8. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.
  9. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree ( Thea, Camellia, Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries.
  10. A shrub or small tree cultivated in China, etc., for its leaves; the dried leaves of the tea plant; the drink obtained by pouring hot water on these leaves; in England, a late afternoon meal at which tea is served; in the United States, supper.
  11. The dried leaves of a shrub in China and Japan: an infusion of the leaves in boiling water: any vegetable infusion.
  12. A Chinese shrub, or an infusion of its leaves; any vegetable infusion for drinking.
  13. An evergreen Chinese or Japanese shrub. Teaplant.
  14. The prepared leaves of this plant, or an infusion of them.
  15. A light evening meal.
  16. The dried leaves of the tea- tree, the produce of China and the East; a decoction or infusion of tea- leaves in boiling water; any infusion or decoction of vegetables; the afternoon repast.