tea·cup | \ˈtē-ˌkəp \

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 \ noun

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Dressed to the nines in pastels and florals, London-chic fascinator hats perched neatly on their heads, the royal wedding spectators — nearly all women — filled the room with the sounds of giggling and the tinkling of spoons on teacups. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "A royal viewing party on this side of the Atlantic," 19 May 2018 Honey jarred and sold in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood may soon be found in teacups and on biscuits across the nation. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steve Harvey appearance nets Orlando teens' Black Bee Honey sweet national deal," 11 July 2018 Other standouts include La Double J’s architectural and frond-laden teacups and saucers, and Gucci’s tasseled throw pillow embroidered with a panther’s piercing gaze. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "MatchesFashion.com Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 Their job is next to impossible, like draining a lake with a teacup. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte's recycling 'is broken.' Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill?," 2 July 2018 The institute released pictures taken by REMUS, including one of jumbled cannon and another of scores of teacups scattered on the ocean floor. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "This Woods Hole robot submarine found a 300-year-old Spanish galleon that may contain billions in treasure," 22 May 2018 Etiquette expert Myka Meier told People the proper way to hold a teacup involves pinching the top of the handle with your thumb and forefinger, and resting the bottom of the handle on your middle finger. refinery29.com, "15 Things Meghan Markle Can't Do Now That She’s A Royal," 15 May 2018 The golden milk tea ($22), from the Tea for Two section of the menu, arrives in a gorgeous, patterned teapot with little ceramic teacups, all set atop a wooden board. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Cocktails at new Hotel Kabuki bar look better than they taste," 20 Mar. 2018 Remember, cosmic warriors, neither tea leaf nor teacup has any intrinsic power; the fortunes are, ultimately, a reflection of your own intuition. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your Essential Guide to Tasseography, the Practice of Reading Tea Leaves," 7 May 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 \

Kids Definition of teacup

: a cup used with a saucer for hot drinks

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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