- a small box, can, or chest for holding tea leaves.
Origin of tea caddy
1830–40; probably orig. catty2, the box that held the measure being confused with the measure itself
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Examples from the Web for tea caddy
It was Rose turning the key in the lock and lifting the lid of the tea-caddy.
I saw that tea-caddy at Golovliovo with my own eyes, when papa was still alive.A Family of Noblemen
He took up the teapot; it was empty; the tea-caddy was locked up.The Revolution in Tanner's Lane
A cup with a black glaze should not be associated with a tea-caddy of black lacquer.The Book of Tea
But I told you to put in some tea, and I gave you the tea-caddy.The Cat and Fiddle Book
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