- 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.
Origin of tea service
First recorded in 1855–60
Also called tea set.
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Examples from the Web for tea service
Pam was busy with the tea-service, and the boys were hungry—so she must go and help.Theo
Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
The tea-service was brought, and Rhoda made tea, and filled a cup for him.Rhoda Fleming, Complete
She had set out the tea-service that her aunt had given her for a wedding-present.The Creators
Maitland Tait asked, after the tea-service was before us, and I had poured his cup.Amazing Grace
Kate Trimble Sharber
He rang and ordered a servant to make a fire and bring the tea-service.Ancestors
- the china or pottery articles used in serving tea, including a teapot, cups, saucers, etc
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