Definition of teacup in US English:



  • 1A cup from which tea is drunk.

    • ‘Faye had asked, finishing her tea and delicately placing the teacup on the small coffee table.’
    • ‘He sat at a miniature classically-styled table, drinking cream from a teacup.’
    • ‘He took a drink from his teacup, and placed the cup down on the saucer very seriously.’
    • ‘A white teacup slipped from coffee-coloured fingers and shattered on the hardwood floor.’
    • ‘Back at the Hub, the Thursday night rehearsal breaks for coffee and everyone swarms towards the teacups neatly stacked at the back of the hall amid the dripping brollies and discarded coats.’
    • ‘Monica shook her head, glancing at the coffee table on which five empty teacups and a half-full plate of cakes sat.’
    • ‘The chorus of voices was so loud that the teacup on the small coffee table behind her shook.’
    • ‘Have ready 3 clean inverted small tumblers with smooth, round bottoms; custard cups; or a teacup with a very small handle.’
    • ‘Transaction value was sufficient in a world of mass consumers buying toasters and teacups, but in our new world of complex individuals, relationship value is the key to long-term growth.’
    • ‘The first time he did this he filled the cup half full, as is usually done with handle-less Japanese teacups (so that the cup won't be too hot to hold).’
    • ‘Coffee cups, although identical in their squat shape to teacups, were generally larger.’
    • ‘Inside Len set out the teacups and plates on the coffee table while he waited for the jug to boil.’
    • ‘Evangeline shrugged and gestured to the tray of teacups on the coffee table.’
    • ‘Advertised in glowing terms on a website, the tours include courses in etiquette, such as the tip that coffee cups are held over the lap while teacups are held away from the saucer.’
    • ‘As of this date, the Jarandiol say they still involve a lot of styling tips and garden parties where they all paint their own teacups and pass them around as gifts.’
    • ‘It meant participation in an expanding repertoire of domestic rituals made possible by creamware teacups and saucers, decanters, wine glasses, pickle plates, and forks of all sorts.’
    • ‘She placed her empty teacup on the table and poured a cup for Stewart.’
    • ‘The earliest EIC printed catalogue, from 1704, shows chocolate cups and teacups, both with saucers.’
    • ‘His mother came in a moment later with a tray with two teacups full of coffee, some sugar and a small container of cream.’
    • ‘Sydney chuckled and set her empty teacup on the coffee table.’
    1. 1.1 An amount held by this, about 150 ml.
      • ‘Mix half a teacup of sugar with water in a small pan.’