Definition of tea in English:

tea

noun

  • 1A hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.

    • ‘She cut out sugar, white flour and processed foods and drank only water and tea.’
    • ‘The result is a drink that tastes more like cabbage water than tea.’
    • ‘The doodle shows an almost cartoonish figure of a man being scalded in a teacup by the boiling tea.’
    • ‘With their daily meals, Kazakhs drink fruit juices, milk, soft drinks, beer, water, and tea.’
    • ‘Please make yourself comfortable, have some water or tea.’
    • ‘He was making popcorn on the stove and boiling water for tea.’
    • ‘In Gujarat, local hospitality demands that guests are offered water and tea almost as soon as they arrive.’
    • ‘In fact there was a pot of tea and hot water which provided three cups.’
    • ‘Things have changed from drinking plain tea to water to special solutions but one must know the guidelines.’
    • ‘I retreated into the kitchen and boiled some water for tea.’
    • ‘Gaunt mothers and children sat near their tents, sometimes boiling water for tea, a ritual of normalcy that they still maintained.’
    • ‘She went over to her mother, who was boiling water for the tea.’
    • ‘Sales of beverages such as water, juice, tea, and sports drinks are growing as much as eight times faster than U.S. soda sales.’
    • ‘Water is an important factor in good tea-making and there used to be three famous springs producing good water for tea.’
    • ‘I make myself a cup of tea and boil some water in a pan to make pasta as I listen to them.’
    • ‘Manganese miners consumed significantly more water and tea, because of the existence of the hot climate in their workplace.’
    • ‘By boiling water to make tea, the bacteria in polluted water were neutralised.’
    • ‘Take small sips of water, weak tea, clear soft drinks, noncaffeinated sports drinks or broth.’
    • ‘Now I'm washing out of a bucket of water, slurping my tea and arguing with rickshaw drivers.’
    • ‘Aside from water, tea is the most common beverage consumed worldwide.’
    1. 1.1 The dried leaves used to make tea.
      • ‘Restaurant operators can increase tea sales by offering more choices and upsell with specialty teas containing herbs, fruit peels and flowers.’
      • ‘From 1680 onwards the European demand for tea grew, and imports began to steadily increase.’
      • ‘It is complicated for them to get important goods like tea, flour, or tobacco.’
      • ‘That time Mary McCormack in her little thatched shop kept flour, tea, sugar, salt, lamp oil, and perhaps some liquorice sweets.’
      • ‘The Aborigines attacked the settlers because they wanted goods such as sugar, flour, blankets, tea and tobacco.’
      • ‘The lockable drawer usually contained three tinned compartments with tightly fitting lids in which to store tea and sugar.’
      • ‘Over the last year the price of sugar, wheat flour and tea has trebled and the cost of other basic household consumer goods has risen by 30 percent.’
      • ‘Fungi can grow on tea with poor packaging and storing.’
      • ‘Among plantations in India, tea is a major foreign exchange earner.’
      • ‘In Europe such goods as chocolate, honey, sugar, bananas, tea, and orange juice are also getting certified.’
      • ‘Canned meats and fish, as well as flour, tea, and sugar, have become important food items as well.’
      • ‘In the second half of the nineteenth century, camphor and tea became major exports.’
      • ‘At one end of the market, a few stands sold a variety of local spices, sauces, tea and jams.’
      • ‘Washed by gentle waves of the Indian Ocean, it is well known for its tea, rubber, spices and, of course, coconuts.’
      • ‘This was the country known to travellers for centuries for its beauty, its exotic culture, its tea and exotic spices.’
      • ‘However, there were no longer any sales of tea, whiskey, pepper, frying pans or thread.’
      • ‘In general, black teas and oolong teas should steep for 3 to 5 minutes.’
      • ‘He recalled how five years ago he had to get samples of South Indian tea from London.’
      • ‘The Empire was created to provide access to cheap tea and sugar in the days before Tesco.’
      • ‘A search of the cupboards reveals tea, sugar, and a mug.’
    2. 1.2[usually with adjective or noun modifier] A hot drink made from the infused leaves, fruits, or flowers of other plants.
      ‘herbal tea’
      ‘fruit teas’
      • ‘Try fruit teas or herbal teas as an alternative to caffeine.’
      • ‘Let's see - from left to right there's passionfruit, black tea and kumquat teas with tapioca pearls.’
      • ‘The dining-room, with vistas of the lake and the mountains, remains open all day for restorative drinks of water, herbal tea and vegetable broth.’
      • ‘Don't hesitate to contact us if you need help finding quality vitamin, herbs, lavender flowers, chamomile teas, essential oil, or herbal bath products.’
      • ‘We ate the free chocolate coated coffee beans and tried all the fruit tea samples.’
      • ‘I served herbal tea to the tea drinkers and fruit juice to the others.’
      • ‘Drink at least eight glasses of water, herbal teas and unsweetened fruit juice.’
      • ‘This is followed by up to two quarts of warm salted water or strong licorice tea which in such high dosage is emetic.’
      • ‘Standard tea bags still make up 63 per cent of the total market while herbal and fruit teas account for 27 per cent of retail sales.’
      • ‘Bottled water, tap water; 100% juice, milk, sports drinks, seltzers and herbal teas are all hydrating beverages.’
      • ‘Fill a large basket with an assortment of goodies from your health food store, such as organic salsa, fruit teas, and tropical-flavored drinks.’
      • ‘So take your herbal health teas and give us a break, okay?’
      • ‘Try caffeine-free drinks, such as fruit teas, as an alternative.’
      • ‘Meanwhile I am going to continue with megadoses of vitamin C, ginger tea, lots of water, and raw garlic.’
      • ‘Drink nettle or dandelion teas and eat foods rich in vitamin B6, including sunflower seeds, brown rice, buckwheat and avocados.’
      • ‘I buy peppermint tea, red grape juice in a wine-coloured matt package with six languages on it, pear juice and packets of almonds.’
      • ‘Remembering about the way the castle worked, she wished for a cup of steaming peppermint tea, with extra sugar.’
      • ‘You can fill baskets with all sorts of goodies, from herbal teas to fruits to satchels of sea salts for a relaxing bath.’
      • ‘You can avoid caffeine by choosing green teas such as Chinese Gunpowder, and herbal teas with rose hips, chamomile, peppermint and raspberry.’
      • ‘Herbal teas are made by placing the prescribed amount of herbs (usually one or two teaspoons) in a cup or a teapot and then pour boiling water over the mixture.’
  • 2The evergreen shrub or small tree that produces tea leaves, native to South and eastern Asia and grown as a major cash crop.

    • ‘The Camellia sinensis tea plant is native to China and commercially produced in tropical and subtropical regions, primarily China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon).’
    • ‘We may have been drinking it for the last 350 years but Camellia sinensis, to call the tea plant by its proper name, became a staple in Asia long before.’
    • ‘She rose early to watch the farm workers begin their days planting and harvesting maize, tea and other cash crops.’
    • ‘The major crops are rice, jute, wheat, tea, sugarcane, and vegetables.’
    • ‘Luku began to grow tea in the 1960s because it had a higher economic value than other crops, such as rice and fruits.’
    • ‘Outsourcing had worked very well in Zimbabwe and Malawi and it would spread the economy of tea growing to other parts of the region, Crawford said.’
    • ‘The filmmaker also found unusual trees: a tea plant, a ban oak, copper beeches, a maidenhair tree in Killarney, and a Kentucky coffee bean tree in Greenside.’
    • ‘This SEWA farm, like many in Gujarat, grows mangoes, tea, spices and other cash crops.’
    • ‘On the lower slopes tea is grown; and on the well-rivered plains there are rubber-trees, coconut palms, and paddy fields.’
    • ‘The subtropical conditions of the Tweed Valley are perfect for tea growing.’
    • ‘The researchers credit L-theanine, an ingredient found in black, green, oolong and pekoe teas - but not in herbal teas, which usually don't contain Camellia sinensis, the one true tea plant.’
    • ‘The colony failed in less than two years because the mulberry trees and tea seedlings perished in the dry California soil.’
    • ‘A ‘flush’ is the term used to describe when the tea plant produces a new growth leaves - the first of the year comes in March.’
    • ‘For thicker roots, such as those of maize, sorghum or tea, this procedure could be used for visualizing the exodermis in a longitudinal view.’
    • ‘Since the West will never be able to grow tea, coffee and bananas, the South will have its markets for these unique tropical products.’
    • ‘The most important part of a hybrid tea plant is the bud union (graft knob), from where all new canes originate, and it requires the most protection.’
    • ‘The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, comes in many forms - black, green, oolong.’
    • ‘Unlike tea grown in the Nilgiris and further South, Darjeeling has a very limited harvest period.’
    • ‘We could make settlements safer by changing cropping patterns but it's impractical to ask farmers to uproot their sugarcane and tea bushes.’
    • ‘Fortune had been charged with the task of learning the art of tea growing and then obtaining samples of the shrubs.’
  • 3British A light afternoon meal consisting typically of tea to drink, sandwiches, and cakes.

    • ‘Morning coffee and afternoon tea with home-made cakes and biscuits can be enjoyed in the beautiful gardens or under cover of the Loggia.’
    • ‘You can get lighter meals and snacks, as well as afternoon tea, in either the lounge or bar.’
    • ‘It will however make a tasty dessert with yoghurt, but it meant I had to drop in at DJ's to get a proper cake for afternoon tea.’
    • ‘That means you should be eating breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.’
    • ‘Lunch and afternoon tea will be available at the Memorial Hall.’
    • ‘Ladies don't sweat or perspire, even after an exhausting day of brunch, tennis, afternoon tea, supper and bridge.’
    • ‘We dined in the residency with three square meals and afternoon tea.’
    • ‘Try the afternoon tea - any cakes you can't eat will be boxed up for you to take home.’
    • ‘Allow to cool completely if serving cold for tea, or until barely warm if serving as pudding.’
    • ‘Small wonder that this is the place in Madrid for afternoon tea and society weddings.’
    • ‘It was a successful afternoon enjoyed by everyone, which was followed by afternoon tea, consisting of sandwiches and cakes supplied by the choir.’
    • ‘Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are all taken here, while there is also a secluded dining area at the rear for more formal meals and private parties.’
    • ‘That is always assuming that they can fit it all in after having been served up a full buffet breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and home-made cakes and canapés.’
    • ‘I let him watch Hi - 5 while he eats afternoon tea (rice cakes with cheese spread and sultanas).’
    • ‘From the Temple we travelled for lunch and afternoon tea at Kenwood House.’
    • ‘The two princesses had to have a cooked tea because they were in bed by dinner time, but they also had afternoon tea, with sandwiches, scones and a large cake.’
    • ‘All ocean cruises are full board and include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and midnight snacks.’
    • ‘The English are known for their custom of afternoon tea, accompanied by cakes and sandwiches.’
    • ‘Elevenses, packed lunch and afternoon tea will be provided, as well as a supper of organic trout.’
    • ‘Afternoon tea and light refreshments will be served for those who wish to relax and chat with friends.’
    1. 3.1 A cooked evening meal.
      See also high tea
      • ‘I cooked tea for myself a few days ago and managed to eat a very undercooked steak and kidney pudding (it's a long story), and have been feeling a bit rough ever since.’
      • ‘So: get in at nine thirty, play with dog, print out day's work, cook tea, shower, bed, ready for more of the same tomorrow.’
      • ‘I think I'll start cooking tea; it's something to do.’
      • ‘Bro has promised to come home tomorrow and cook tea and bizarrely he has promised to bake a cake.’
      • ‘After supplies it was back home where I washed up without being asked (I'm a saint!), then Rosie cooked curry for tea.’
      • ‘Her mother told her she had to go back and cook her husband's tea.’
      • ‘I might start painting, go away to cook tea and come back later and think - ‘that could do with black there,’ he said.’
      • ‘Susan is on the phone to Libby and cooking tea, and is so caught up in this that she forgets to notice a bottle of cooking oil being tipped onto the lit gas burner.’
      • ‘Anyhoo, I spent an action-packed Monday in Brighton asleep on Lisa's bed, before meeting her from work and allowing her to cook my tea.’
      • ‘On the plus side was the strong possibility that at least one of them would manage to cook his tea by the time he got home and the long odds are against all of them having headaches simultaneously.’
      • ‘If you get bored thinking about eating or of what you should cook for tea, take a look at the ‘Did you know’ section.’
      • ‘While tea was cooking, we were on the computer armed with a nice cold, strong vodka and coke each.’
      • ‘I sighed and went to the kitchen, to cook tea with the food that she had promised to buy on her way back from the midwife's.’
      • ‘The people were British in their manner, tea was had frequently and the evening meal was called tea, not dinner.’
      • ‘Right, time to splish-splash my way home, shop, do college homework, cook tea and have a bath.’
      • ‘Today we're apparently cooking tea for four people in the microwave, simultaneously.’
      • ‘I don't have time to write the individual reviews though; I've gotta go do my farmwork before I cook everyone's tea.’
      • ‘His mum was cooking his tea, and she'd kill him if he was late.’
      • ‘The cost is €120 per person sharing, which includes six nights bed and breakfast, lunch and evening tea.’
      • ‘Coach departs East Square at 9.30 a.m., fare €35 including lunch and evening tea.’
      evening meal, supper, main meal, repast
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Origin

Mid 17th century: probably via Malay from Chinese ( Min dialect) te; related to Mandarin chá. Compare with char.

Pronunciation

tea

/tē/