\ ˈchī How to pronounce chai (audio) \

Definition of chai

: a beverage that is a blend of black tea, honey, spices, and milk

Examples of chai in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other popular options include an iced chai tea latte, which is made with heavy cream (or half-and-half!) and two or three pumps of sugar-free vanilla syrup. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How You Can Order Keto-Friendly Drinks at Starbucks, According to a Nutritionist," 21 Dec. 2019 Add chai spice and continue cooking and stirring until moisture evaporates; mixture will have consistency of thick pudding. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Apple ‘Chaider’ Fudge Shortbread," 3 Dec. 2019 It’s great way to start interesting conversations, trouble is that once people have had two cups of chai, no one is listening, everyone is talking simultaneously. Monita Soni, al, "Chai tea, please," 25 Nov. 2019 There's a rice steamer with no off-switch, an always-full pot of chai, and the soul of any Indian kitchen: a clay oven, the tandoor. CBS News, "A taste of India on the interstate," 24 Nov. 2019 Philz also sells whole bean coffee and a range of teas, from traditional black, green and chai to Istanbul Treat and herbal mint. Steve Zimmerman,, "The new Philz Coffee in Chicago doesn’t do espresso drinks but no one seems to mind," 29 July 2019 The Botanics join Hartford Flavor’s original Wild Moon flavors like cucumber, lavender, rose, chai and birch. Leeanne Griffin,, "Hartford Flavor Company introduces new ‘Wild Moon Botanics’ line," 19 Nov. 2019 After hiking rough trail all morning, hot chai and a PBJ might as well be Dom Perignon and sautéed lobster., "The nearly unbelievable beauty of Lake Louise - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 Her unique blends combine ingredients like strawberry and lemongrass, grapefruit and rosemary, and cherry and chai, inspired by her travels through Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "This Is the Only Jam I Keep on My Condiment Shelf," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of chai

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chai

Turkish çay & Russian, Persian, Hindi, & Urdu chay tea

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Last Updated

27 Dec 2019

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“Chai.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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