tea·​cup ˈtē-ˌkəp How to pronounce teacup (audio)
: a small cup usually with a handle used with a saucer for hot beverages
teacupful noun

Examples of teacup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first round of packing will consist of 23,000 glass and ceramic items from MPM's History collections, including items like vases, teapots, sugar dishes, creamers, teacups, saucers, plates, platters, serving dishes, salt cellars, and figurines, the museum said in a news release. Steven Martinez, Journal Sentinel, 27 Feb. 2024 Fill each teacup with soaked floral foam and add in small blooms, like grape hyacinth or lily of the valley. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 The rooms lean modern, but retain an early 20th-century feel with signature teacups with Tiffany Blue stripes, marble bathrooms, Liddell linens, and large windows overlooking Balfe Street. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, a video of the Only Murders in the Building actress enjoying a fairground ride in a spinning teacup also appeared in the post, as well as snaps of Blanco kissing her cheek and shoulder, and a photo of Gomez resting her legs on him during a car journey. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 8 Mar. 2024 The restaurant also has a shop that offers wine, tequila, teacups and more gifts for sale. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 For just a touch of nostalgia, delicate teacups and saucers are the perfect vessels for small flower arrangements. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2024 There’s even the option to add a subwoofer for those who like to hear their teacups rattle. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The tunnel builders even paid some attention to décor: The tiled walls of a small kitchenette in the compound, littered with remnants of food and dirty dishes, were embellished with a quaint, if incongruous, motif of teapots and teacups. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 21 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of teacup was in 1700

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“Teacup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacup. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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tea·​cup ˈtē-ˌkəp How to pronounce teacup (audio)
: a small cup used with a saucer for hot beverages

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