Definitions of tea

  1. ( British) a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; " an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water; " iced tea is a cooling drink"
  5. a reception or party at which tea is served; " we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
  6. a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; " an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
  7. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage.
  8. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea.
  9. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.
  10. To take or drink tea.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The dried leaves of a shrub in China and Japan: an infusion of the leaves in boiling water: any vegetable infusion.
  14. A Chinese shrub, or an infusion of its leaves; any vegetable infusion for drinking.
  15. An evergreen Chinese or Japanese shrub. Teaplant.
  16. The prepared leaves of this plant, or an infusion of them.
  17. A light evening meal.
  18. 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.

Usage examples for tea

  1. Now, Mrs. Jolliffe, make your tea first, and then begin. – Madam Crowl's Ghost and The Dead Sexton by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
  2. But they all like tea- from my hands. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  3. But I should like some tea before we start, Barbara. – East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood
  4. Then he had him sit down and drink tea. – The Chinese Fairy Book by Various
  5. They make quite good tea in this hotel!" – Lalage's Lovers 1911 by George A. Birmingham
  6. I do not take tea, I thank you much. – The Limit by Ada Leverson
  7. Shall I give you some more tea? – At Love's Cost by Charles Garvice
  8. Tea must be made right at first, if it is ever to be right. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  9. If I'm not back, go in all the same, and tell them to bring you tea. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  10. What business had you to go to tea with her at all, I should like to know? – Betty Trevor by Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
  11. We went after tea. – The Allen House or Twenty Years Ago and Now by T. S. Arthur
  12. I hope you'll like the tea. – Molly Brown's Sophomore Days by Nell Speed
  13. She was going to a different tea- party. – Aurora the Magnificent by Gertrude Hall
  14. I'm sure tea must be ready. – His Big Opportunity by Amy Le Feuvre
  15. " I think I'll miss tea, Mrs. Orgreave," she said. – Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett
  16. See you at tea time, then. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams
  17. I will not tell you anything till I have had my tea. – Hildegarde's Home by Laura E. Richards
  18. Is tea all ready? – Outpost by J.G. Austin
  19. You must come and have tea with Maud. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell