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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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 Embattled Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, the tempest in a teacup of the Trump White House, resigned on Wednesday, a move announced in a tweet from his boss. Vogue, "Attorney General Jeff Sessions Resigns; the Internet Reacts," 7 Nov. 2018 For an afternoon party, fill Victorian teacups with small bunches of violets, and place one cup at each setting. Maggie O'neill, Good Housekeeping, "25 Practical Tips for Flower Arrangements From 1952," 7 May 2015 As with all public royal weddings, the Royal Collection Trust this week unveiled a set of official, commemorative china to mark the special occasion, with a set of mugs, teacups and plates designed with Eugenie and Jack’s big day in mind. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding China Has Left Royal Family Fans Slightly Confused," 1 Oct. 2018 The desk and dresser are loaded with even more artifacts, including a giant stereo, a stack of photography books, a collection of teacups, and an electric toothbrush. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Photos of Prince Harry's High School Dorm Room Resurface," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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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