tea·​room | \ ˈtē-ˌrüm How to pronounce tearoom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of tearoom

: a small restaurant or café that typically serves a variety of teas as well as coffee and light meals

Examples of tearoom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that jolly, bustling tearoom were the Great Things: love and loss, life and death. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 The chef Eric See briefly reopened the Awkward Scone, his tearoom and cafe in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this summer but closed it in June. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "15 East at Tocqueville," 6 Oct. 2020 Social distancing requirements brought seating in the tearoom down from 20 tables to six when the shop reopened, resulting in online revenue eclipsing that of the tea service. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Tina's Traditional has closed permanently. Here's how the Carmel tearoom moved online.," 3 Sep. 2020 Jesson has use of the tearoom through the end of the month and will lead future online classes from her Brownsburg home. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Tina's Traditional has closed permanently. Here's how the Carmel tearoom moved online.," 3 Sep. 2020 Lynn departed in a sand-and-beige waft of giggles and goodbyes to half the tearoom without even a nod to me. Barbara Amiel, Town & Country, "Lady Black's Revenge: An Explosive New Memoir Reveals the Fallout of a High Society Scandal," 20 Sep. 2020 Smith said Ayres was the predominant department store in Indianapolis for decades, and many residents have cherished memories of going shopping there and getting chicken velvet soup at the tearoom afterward. Christine Fernando, The Indianapolis Star, "'This clock means so much to people': Restoration is starting on downtown's Ayres clock," 28 Aug. 2020 Originally the business targeted women as a traditional tearoom but has evolved to include a broader spectrum of menu items. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Copperfield restaurant Tea For Two celebrates 22nd anniversary amid the pandemic," 8 Aug. 2020 Her father enjoys a night out on the town, ending up at a tearoom, where Chinese men could buy dances with white women. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "Maxine Hong Kingston’s Genre-Defying Life and Work," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of tearoom

circa 1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Tearoom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tearoom. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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: a small restaurant that serves light meals

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