Definition of tea chest in US English:

tea chest

noun

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

    • ‘Every grocery store had a regular supply of used tea chests that we requisitioned.’
    • ‘We gave up the flat the next afternoon and, a few months later, sent a dozen tea chests of our belongings to Cape Town.’
    • ‘Soon she might relish such minimalism, for she's about to begin living out of tea chests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The artifice used in creating this environment is deliberately left on display: these are not genuine tea chests.’
    • ‘North West SPCA are looking for old dog kennels, tea chests, or crates.’
    • ‘Do you have an old dog kennel, tea chest, or wooden crate that you would like to donate.’
    • ‘I have a large cardboard box the size of a tea chest with an aperture in front which people can see through.’
    • ‘During that era all groceries arrived in tea chests and big boxes.’
    • ‘Then he packed his gifts into three large tea chests.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tiny ivory fans were put into tea chests as makeweights and we all associate white ostrich feather with presentation at court.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can remember buying table tennis equipment from Bell's and acquiring old tea chests - for a house move - from Greenwoods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the crash in Newcastle in January 1975 which nearly killed him, he received four tea chests of cards from British fans.’
    • ‘A few large sacks stood by one wall and beside the tea chest, a huge sack of sugar and bags for weighing that also.’

Pronunciation

tea chest

/ˈti ˌtʃɛst//ˈtē ˌCHest/