tea

noun
\ ˈtē \

Definition of tea

1a : a widely cultivated shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) native to China, northern India, and southeastern Asia and having glossy green leaves and fragrant white flowers
b : the leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the tea plant prepared for use in beverages usually by immediate curing by heat or by such curing following a period of fermentation

Note: Tea may be classified according to its method of manufacture (see black tea, green tea, oolong, white tea) or according to the leaf size of the plant it is produced from (see orange pekoe, pekoe, souchong).

2 : an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by soaking them in boiling water
3a : any of various plants used like tea also : a drink prepared by soaking their parts (such as leaves or roots) and used medicinally or as a beverage mint tea an herbal tea
b : tea rose
4a : refreshments usually including tea with sandwiches, crackers, or cookies served in late afternoon
b : a reception, snack, or meal at which tea is served
5 slang : marijuana

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Other Words from tea

tealike \ ˈtē-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Examples of tea in a Sentence

Let's meet for tea tomorrow. That shop does a great afternoon tea.

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Brush for at least two minutes at a time, and avoid dark soda, coffee and tea. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018 In the Library, the table is set for tea, including plates with everything from cucumber sandwiches and cake to lemon slices and jam. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Peek Inside Prince Charles and Camilla's Private Library on a New Virtual Tour of Clarence House," 13 Nov. 2018 Honey is so much more than just a sweetener for your tea, Russo is fond of pointing out. Nathan Hurst, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterey is California’s honey hub," 30 May 2018 My former teachers use ghur for their tea in the staff room. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "‘Choose Marriage or Education’," 29 May 2018 But this love came with a price: sometimes kisses, sometimes boba tea, sometimes the dismantling of white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal capitalism. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 Passengers enjoy a welcome drink, a multi-course lunch, and afternoon tea, with cocktails and wines available from the in-car bar. Andrew Sessa, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Biggest Ski News in Europe This Season," 6 Dec. 2018 Hallmark fans, your Christmas is going to be extra tea-rrific this year. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Hallmark Released a 'Countdown to Christmas' Tea and We Need a Cup Now," 28 Oct. 2018 Just like a spicy chai tea with a hint of sweet vanilla, this color is the best of both worlds: light while still allowing for dark roots, and bright while cool enough for fall. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Here’s Why Vanilla Chai Hair Is the Super Blonde Color for Fall," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of tea

circa 1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tea

Chinese (Xiamen)

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tea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tea

: a drink that is made by soaking the dried leaves of an Asian plant in hot water

: a similar drink that is made by using the dried leaves of another kind of plant

: the dried leaves that are used in making tea

tea

noun
\ ˈtē \

Kids Definition of tea

1 : the dried leaves and leaf buds of a shrub widely grown in eastern and southern Asia
2 : a drink made by soaking tea in boiling water
3 : refreshments often including tea served in late afternoon
4 : a party at which tea is served
5 : a drink or medicine made by soaking plant parts (as dried roots) ginger tea

tea

noun
\ ˈtē \

Medical Definition of tea

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies
b : the prepared and cured leaves, leaf buds, and internodes of the tea plant
2 : a mildly stimulating aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water
3 : any of various plants resembling tea in properties also : an infusion of their leaves used medicinally or as a beverage

Medical Definition of TEA (Entry 2 of 2)

tetraethylammonium

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