- a shed or other aboveground building where a winemaker stores wine in casks.
- a drink of tea made with cardamom and various other spices, milk, and a sweetener.
Origin of chai2
1970-75; < Turkish çay and Russian, Persian, Hindi, Urdu chay “tea,” ultimately from Chinese chá tea
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Examples from the Web for chai
We laughed about getting lost in New York City and had chai.Mosul's Civilization and Its Discontents
June 14, 2014
I wear my tzitzit and my chai necklace proudly in photographs.Prop 8’s Aftermath: With Gay Rights, Religion Still Lags
Sir Ari Gold
February 8, 2012
Chai Trivedi Pranna, New York I cooked for Tyra Banks last week on the fly.Chef Horror Stories
The Daily Beast
October 13, 2009
They bring Xerox samosas wrapped in paper; they offer him chai.
This time when he was brought to the station in handcuffs there were no courtesies, no cups of chai.
On the Chai Pass the two aneroids I had on me registered an altitude of 11,190 feet.In the Forbidden Land
Arnold Henry Savage Landor
An official, named Chai, was appointed to a post at Jao-chou, and on his way thither crossed the Po-yang lake.
But "Can chai la fueilla" is very cleverly made with five, six, and four and seven.Instigations
My juwa had almost scratched an eye out of the Hindity mushi, and my chai had sent the Hindity childer scampering over the green.Wild Wales
"Karim" was still sounding, when I heard a different strain, "Chai chai kirna cha-ee," which was sung in a sonorous nasal voice.
- tea, esp as made in India with added spices
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Word Origin and History for chai
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