noun (1)
\ ˈtē How to pronounce tee (audio) \

Definition of tee

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the letter t
2 : something shaped like a capital T
3 informal : t-shirt wearing a cotton tee
4 : a mark aimed at in various games (such as curling)
to a tee
: exactly, precisely the description fit her to a tee


noun (2)

Definition of tee (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a small mound or a peg on which a golf ball is placed before being struck at the beginning of play on a hole
b : a device for holding a football in position for kicking
c : an adjustable post on which a ball is placed for batting (as in T-ball)
2 : the area from which a golf ball is struck at the beginning of play on a hole


teed; teeing

Definition of tee (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to place (a ball) on a tee often used with up

First Known Use of tee

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1673, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tee

Noun (1)

Middle English

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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“Tee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tee. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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\ ˈtē How to pronounce tee (audio) \

Kids Definition of tee

: a device (as a post or peg) on which a ball is placed to be hit or kicked in various sports a golf tee a football tee

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