tea·​cup | \ ˈtē-ˌkəp How to pronounce teacup (audio) \

Definition of teacup

: a small cup usually with a handle used with a saucer for hot beverages

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Other Words from teacup

teacupful \ ˈtē-​ˌkəp-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce teacupful (audio) \ noun

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The fourth is Gates’ pottery — teacups, bowls, vases. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Fall Arts Guide: What to see at Twin Cities museums," 7 Sep. 2019 The craft book offers step-by-step guidelines on how to create living art with easy mini-projects made with succulents, such as tiny wreaths, refrigerator magnets and arrangements in teacups. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crafts with succulents — on a miniature scale," 20 June 2019 Plus about 45 mugs and 25 teacups, some with saucers. Susan Harlan, Curbed, "The dish store that is my home away from home," 11 July 2019 Their very presence touched off a storm in a teacup. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Netherlands Advances to Meet U.S. in World Cup Final," 3 July 2019 Tools to drop a jig into a teacup-size spot and the muscle to wrestle a hefty, hard-fighting largemouth or smallmouth bass from thick cover. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Bass fishing with a fly rod? Try it – they're not just for trout anymore," 10 June 2019 Bonus: add little hooks beneath a shelf to hold teacups! Sarah Shelton, Good Housekeeping, "10 Cheap and Cheerful Ways to Update Your Kitchen," 30 May 2019 Continuing the British theme, vintage teacups were used as escort cards, and sat at each place setting bearing a guest’s name. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019 But our guys don’t get rid of the opposition by sticking plutonium in their teacups. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "We Can All Be Thankful America Doesn’t Have Putin," 24 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of teacup

1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of teacup was in 1700

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English Language Learners Definition of teacup

: a small cup used for drinking tea


tea·​cup | \ ˈtē-ˌkəp How to pronounce teacup (audio) \

Kids Definition of teacup

: a cup used with a saucer for hot drinks

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