Origin of tea
Examples from the Web for tea
Senseless bureaucracy is part of what spawned the Tea Party.
So it was ironic a couple of months later when the Tea Partiers were railing against it—it had already expired.To GOP Congress, as Usual, It’s Welfare on the Chopping Block|Monica Potts|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some imagine Senator Elizabeth Warren as the charismatic leader of a progressive version of the “tea party.”
At the hospital, I was told to wait, and was given some tea by a nurse.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, he says, “Would you like a cup of tea or something?”Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The apology for tea was brought, and both accepted it, talking of trivialities.Scarlet and Hyssop|E. F. Benson
When we went to tea or dinner with these people Jimmie and I had to be dragged along like dogs who are muzzled for the first time.Abroad with the Jimmies|Lilian Bell
Mrs. Peterkin frugally suggested that they might now keep it for the next day, as to-day was almost gone, and they had had tea.The Peterkin Papers|Lucretia P. Hale
Hyson tea and Souchong mixed together, half and half, is a pleasant beverage, and is more healthy than green tea alone.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million|Sarah Josepha Hale
He poured out his tea and sat down in a chair opposite to her, and close to her.The Woman With The Fan|Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for tea
- 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
Word Origin for tea
Word Origin and History for tea
1650s, earlier chaa (1590s, from Portuguese cha), from Malay teh and directly from Chinese (Amoy dialect) t'e, in Mandarin ch'a. First known in Paris 1635, the practice of drinking tea was first introduced to England 1644.
The distribution of the different forms of the word reflects the spread of use of the beverage. The modern English form, along with French thé, Spanish te, German Tee, etc., derive via Dutch thee from the Amoy form, reflecting the role of the Dutch as the chief importers of the leaves (through the Dutch East India Company, from 1610). The Portuguese word (attested from 1550s) came via Macao; and Russian chai, Persian cha, Greek tsai, Arabic shay, and Turkish çay all came overland from the Mandarin form.
Meaning "afternoon meal at which tea is served" is from 1738. Slang meaning "marijuana" (which sometimes was brewed in hot water) is attested from 1935, felt as obsolete by late 1960s. Tea ball is from 1895.
Idioms and Phrases with tea
see cup of tea; not for all the tea in china; tempest in a teapot.