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tea service

a set of chinaware for preparing and drinking hot beverages, especially tea.
a set of silver or other metalware for preparing and serving hot beverages, especially tea.
Also called tea set.
Origin of tea service
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tea service
Historical Examples
  • Said, leaving the tea service upon the little table, glided from the room.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • The fate of this tea service, valued at £70, cannot be traced.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume I

    Demetrius Charles Boulger
  • In the window were a tea service of spode and a collection of luster ware.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Alice then went to the kitchen and found Clarissa burnishing the tea service.

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • Andeng was helping them clean up a tea service in order to serve tea.

  • And Clare Biggars had her own tea service in her room at the pension.

  • We sat down on either side of the fire, the tea service and the hot cakes, loved of the doctor, between us.


    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Presently the man servant returned to the 36 room carrying a tea service.

  • The girls of my mission circle also presented a silver tray and tea service to me.

    The Story of the Toys Mary Harris Toy Dodge
  • Four large dolls sat solemnly round a dolls' tea-table, and a dolls' tea service was arranged in front of them.

    The Golden Scarecrow Hugh Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for tea service

tea service

the china or pottery articles used in serving tea, including a teapot, cups, saucers, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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