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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • Alice then went to the kitchen and found Clarissa burnishing the tea service.

    The Broken Sword Dennison Worthington
  • In the window were a tea service of spode and a collection of luster ware.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • 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
  • Andeng was helping them clean up a tea service in order to serve tea.

  • The Crown Prince drew up a chair before the tea service, and put a cushion on it.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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.

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

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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