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.

Origin of tea service

First recorded in 1855–60
Also called tea set.
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Examples from the Web for tea service

Historical Examples of tea service

  • Pam was busy with the tea-service, and the boys were hungry—so she must go and help.


    Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • The tea-service was brought, and Rhoda made tea, and filled a cup for him.

  • She had set out the tea-service that her aunt had given her for a wedding-present.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair

  • 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.


    Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for tea service

tea service

tea set


the china or pottery articles used in serving tea, including a teapot, cups, saucers, etc
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