tea party


noun

a social gathering, usually in the afternoon, at which tea and light refreshments are served.
(initial capital letters) a conservative political movement in the U.S. that opposes taxes and government spending: named in reference to the Boston Tea Party of 1773.

Origin of tea party

First recorded in 1770–80
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tea party

noun

a social gathering in the afternoon at which tea is served

British Dictionary definitions for tea party (2 of 2)

Tea Party

noun

(in the US) a political movement, associated with the right wing of the Republican Party, favouring reduction in taxation and government spending

Word Origin for Tea Party

C21: after the Boston Tea Party
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