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the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Camellia sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is prepared by infusion in hot water.
the shrub itself, extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and having fragrant white flowers.Compare tea family.
the beverage so prepared, served hot or iced.
any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other plants, and used as beverages or medicines.
British. any meal, whether a light snack or one consisting of several courses, eaten in the late afternoon or in the evening; any meal other than dinner, eaten after the middle of the afternoon.
an afternoon reception at which tea is served.
One of These Words is Not (Exactly) Like the OtherThe slight difference between anticipate and expect has to do with whether or not any action is taken.
one's cup of tea, something suitable, appropriate, or attractive to one: Horror movies and westerns are just not my cup of tea.
Origin of tea
1590–1600; 1940–45 for def 9; < dialectal Chinese (Xiamen) t'e, akin to Chinese chá
Related formstea·less, adjective
Can be confusedtea tee
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British Dictionary definitions for one's cup of tea
/ (tiː) /
an evergreen shrub or small tree, Camellia sinensis, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having toothed leathery leaves and white fragrant flowers: family Theaceae
- the dried shredded leaves of this shrub, used to make a beverage by infusion in boiling water
- such a beverage, served hot or iced
- (as modifier)tea caddy; tea urn
- any of various plants that are similar to Camellia sinensis or are used to make a tealike beverage
- any such beverage
- Also called: afternoon tea a light meal eaten in mid-afternoon, usually consisting of tea and cakes, biscuits, or sandwiches
- (as modifier)a tea party
- Also called: high tea afternoon tea that also includes a light cooked dish
British, Australian and NZ the main evening meal
US and Canadian old-fashioned, slang marijuana
tea and sympathy informal a caring attitude, esp to someone in trouble
Word Origin for tea
C17: from Chinese (Amoy) t'e, from Ancient Chinese d`a
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Idioms and Phrases with one's cup of tea
see cup of tea; not for all the tea in china; tempest in a teapot.
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