Tea meaning

(countable) A variety of the tea plant.

Darjeeling is a tea from India.

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The definition of tea is an evergreen plant grown in some Asian countries, India and in the Eastern United States, or dried leaves or herbs made into a beverage by brewing in boiled water.

An example of tea is Darjeeling black.

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Any of various plants, such as New Jersey tea, having leaves that are or were formerly used to make a tealike beverage.
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Any of various beverages made by extracting an infusion from meat, especially beef.
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Any of various beverages made by steeping the leaves of certain plants, such as peppermint.
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A tea rose.
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An afternoon reception or social gathering at which tea is served.
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(slang) Marijuana.
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Its dried and prepared leaves, used to make a beverage.
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The beverage made by soaking such leaves in boiling water.
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Any of several plants resembling or used as tea.
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A tealike beverage made from such a plant or from a meat extract.

Mint tea, beef tea.

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A reception or other social gathering in the afternoon, at which tea, coffee, etc. are served.
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(slang) Marijuana.
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Designating a family (Theaceae, order Theales) of evergreen dicotyledonous trees, shrubs, or vines, often with showy flowers, found in warm regions and including the camellias and loblolly bay.
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(uncountable) The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.

Go to the supermarket and buy some tea.

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(uncountable) The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.

Would you like some tea?

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(uncountable) By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants.

Camomile tea; mint tea.

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(countable, Australia, UK, Canada, New Zealand, northern US) A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
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(countable, southern US) A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
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(uncountable, UK) A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea.

Kids, your tea's on the table!

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(uncountable, New Zealand, UK, Australia) The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.

The family were sitting round the table, having their tea.

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(cricket) The break in play between the second and third sessions.

Australia were 490 for 7 at tea on the second day.

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(slang, dated) Marijuana.
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To drink tea.
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To take afternoon tea (the light meal).
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A.e.t., ate, eat, ETA, eta.
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A city in South Dakota.
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An aromatic, slightly bitter beverage made by steeping tea leaves in boiling water.
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A white-flowered, evergreen plant (Camellia sinensis) of the tea family, grown in China, India, Japan, etc.
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Origin of tea

  • Probably Dutch thee from Malay teh from Amoy te (equivalent to Mandarin chá) from dialectal Early Middle Chinese daɨ akin to Middle Chinese drƐː (source of Mandarin chá tea) chanoyu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Introduced to English and other Western European languages by the Dutch East India Company, who sourced their tea in Amoy; compare Malay teh along the same trade route. Ultimately cognate to chai, from same Proto-Sino-Tibetan root; see discussion of cognates.

    From Wiktionary

  • Circa 1650, from Dutch thee, from Min Nan 茶 (tê) (Amoy dialect), from Proto-Min, from Old Chinese, ultimately from Proto-Sino-Tibetan *s-la (“leaf, tea").

    From Wiktionary