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 flowersb : 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 ◆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 teab : tea rose
4a : refreshments usually including tea with sandwiches, crackers, or cookies served in late afternoonb : a reception, snack, or meal at which tea is served
5 slang : marijuana
tealikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of tea in a Sentence
Let's meet for tea tomorrow.
That shop does a great afternoon tea.
Recent Examples of tea from the Web
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The Carlton family sold its restaurants in 2002 and began focusing on the tea business.
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Origin and Etymology of tea
Chinese (Xiamen) dé
First Known Use: circa 1655See Words from the same year
TEA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tea for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of tea for Students
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
Medical Definition of tea
1a: a shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indiesb: 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
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