Definition of tea chest in English:

tea chest


  • A light metal-lined wooden box in which tea is transported.

    • ‘A manuscript for a gripping thriller has turned up in a tea chest in Basildon - and readers are being asked to help locate the author.’
    • ‘After the crash in Newcastle in January 1975 which nearly killed him, he received four tea chests of cards from British fans.’
    • ‘I have a large cardboard box the size of a tea chest with an aperture in front which people can see through.’
    • ‘A few large sacks stood by one wall and beside the tea chest, a huge sack of sugar and bags for weighing that also.’
    • ‘Men walking along with oil drums for shoes, and others crossing the stage in tea chests are just some of the funny and wild ideas with which this show is crammed.’
    • ‘Soon she might relish such minimalism, for she's about to begin living out of tea chests.’
    • ‘The artifice used in creating this environment is deliberately left on display: these are not genuine tea chests.’
    • ‘Those tea chests suggested hot, exotic countries many miles away and gave me my first intimation of the lure of foreign travel.’
    • ‘As the century progressed, the tea chest played an ever-increasing part in the cabinetmaker and silversmith's repertoire.’
    • ‘Then he packed his gifts into three large tea chests.’
    • ‘Tiny ivory fans were put into tea chests as makeweights and we all associate white ostrich feather with presentation at court.’
    • ‘When George Hepplewhite's The Cabinet Makers and Upholsterers Guide was published in 1788, a clear distinction was being made between a tea chest and a caddy.’
    • ‘North West SPCA are looking for old dog kennels, tea chests, or crates.’
    • ‘I can remember buying table tennis equipment from Bell's and acquiring old tea chests - for a house move - from Greenwoods.’
    • ‘We gave up the flat the next afternoon and, a few months later, sent a dozen tea chests of our belongings to Cape Town.’
    • ‘A huge cardboard box or wooden tea chest lined with papers would be suitable.’
    • ‘Tony has seen a lot of changes, especially in the vehicles, and we used to use tea chests and wear aprons.’
    • ‘Every grocery store had a regular supply of used tea chests that we requisitioned.’
    • ‘Do you have an old dog kennel, tea chest, or wooden crate that you would like to donate.’
    • ‘During that era all groceries arrived in tea chests and big boxes.’


tea chest

/ˈtē ˌCHest/