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

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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 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

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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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