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(noun.) a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes; 'an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea'.

(noun.) dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea; 'the store shelves held many different kinds of tea'; 'they threw the tea into Boston harbor'.

(noun.) a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water; 'iced tea is a cooling drink'.

(noun.) a reception or party at which tea is served; 'we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers'.

(noun.) a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves; 'tea has fragrant white flowers'.

Typist: Trevor--From WordNet


(n.) The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea, / Camellia, Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries.

(n.) A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage.

(n.) Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea.

(n.) The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.

(v. i.) To take or drink tea.

Editor: Noreen

Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Infusion (especially of the dried leaves of the tea-plant), decoction.[2]. Supper, evening meal.

Checker: Sabina


n. the dried leaves of a shrub in China Japan Assam and Ceylon: an infusion of the leaves in boiling water: any vegetable infusion.—ns. Tea′-bread light spongy bread or buns to be eaten with tea; Tea′-cadd′y a caddy or small box for holding tea; Tea′-cake a light cake to be eaten with tea; Tea′-can′ister an air-tight jar or box for holding tea; Tea′-chest a chest or case in which tea is imported; Tea′-clip′per a fast-sailing ship in the tea-trade; Tea′-cō′sy (see Cosy); Tea′-cup a small cup used in drinking tea; Tea′-deal′er one who buys and sells tea; Tea′-fight (slang) a tea-party; Tea′-gar′den a public garden where tea and other refreshments are served; Tea′-gown a loose gown for wearing at afternoon tea at home; Tea′-house a Chinese or Japanese house for tea &c.; Tea′-kett′le a kettle in which to boil water for making tea; Tea′-lead thin sheet-lead used in lining tea-chests; Tea′-par′ty a social gathering at which tea is served also the persons present; Tea′-plant the plant or shrub from which tea is obtained; Tea′-pot a pot or vessel in which the beverage tea is made; Tea′-sau′cer a saucer in which a tea-cup is set; Tea′-ser′vice -set the utensils necessary for a tea-table; Tea′-spoon a small spoon used with the tea-cup smaller still than the dessert-spoon; Tea′-stick a stick cut from the Australian tea-tree; Tea′-tā′ble a table at which tea is drunk; Tea′-tast′er one who ascertains the quality of tea by tasting it.—n.pl. Tea′-things the tea-pot cups &c.—ns. Tea′-tree the common tea-plant or shrub; a name of various Australian myrtaceous and other plants; Tea′-urn a vessel for boiling water or keeping it hot used on the tea-table.—Black tea that which in the process of manufacture is fermented between rolling and firing (heating with charcoal in a sieve) while Green tea is that which is fired immediately after rolling. Among black teas are bohea congou souchong and pekoe; among green hyson imperial and gunpowder. The finest black is Pekoe; the finest green Gunpowder.

Edited by Debra

Unserious Contents or Definition

To dream that you are brewing tea, foretells that you will be guilty of indiscreet actions, and will feel deeply remorseful. To see your friends drinking tea, and you with them, denotes that social pleasures will pall on you, and you will seek to change your feelings by serving others in their sorrows. To see dregs in your tea, warns you of trouble in love, and affairs of a social nature. To spill tea, is a sign of domestic confusion and grief. To find your tea chest empty, unfolds much disagreeable gossip and news. To dream that you are thirsty for tea, denotes that you will be surprised with uninvited guests.

Typed by Aileen


Editor: Maureen


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