: a beverage that is a blend of black tea, honey, spices, and milk

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For dessert, decide between masala chai ice cream or Kulfi popsicle bar. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2023 This traditional Indian chai brand is one of Oprah's Favorite Things. Emily Shiffer,, 18 Apr. 2023 Men can enter the space – but only to buy goods, to work as porters or guards or to provide the women with cups of milky chai. Story, CNN, 23 Apr. 2023 In addition to vanilla, this powder comes in chocolate, peanut butter, banana cinnamon, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla chai, and unflavored varieties. Tamar Kane, Ms, Health, 14 Apr. 2023 Kylee can be found working out of her local Starbucks with her best friend, an iced chai in hand, and endless hours of music playlists to get her through the day. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 24 Mar. 2023 This powder has a vanilla chai flavor and is sweetened with stevia. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2022 Pumpkin Spice Latte, S'mores Latte and Spiced Apple Chi-der, a gourmet chai spiked with spiced apple cider. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 31 Aug. 2022 Noor's other younger sister, Maira Noor, whipped up her delicious Bengali chai, while other family members helped set up and entertain guests. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


Turkish çay & Russian, Persian, Hindi, & Urdu chay tea

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chai was in 1974

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Cite this Entry

“Chai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a beverage that is a blend of black tea, honey, spices, and milk

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