a cup in which tea is served, usually of small or moderate size.

Nearby words

  1. teaching fellowship,
  2. teaching hospital,
  3. teaching machine,
  4. teaching machines,
  5. teaching practice,
  6. teacupful,
  7. teagarden,
  8. teagarden, jack,
  9. teahouse,
  10. teak


    tempest in a teacup/teapot, a disturbance or uproar about little or nothing: The fight over who should become the next assistant treasurer of the organization is just a tempest in a teacup.Also storm in a teacup.

Origin of teacup

First recorded in 1690–1700; tea + cup

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British Dictionary definitions for teacups



a cup out of which tea may be drunk, larger than a coffee cup
Also called: teacupful the amount a teacup will hold, about four fluid ounces
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