Definition of tearoom in US English:


(also tea room)


  • 1A small restaurant or cafe where tea and other light refreshments are served.

    • ‘On the seventh floor there is a big tea room where you can watch television and get a coffee while you wait for us to finish with Jason so you can give him a lift home.’
    • ‘On the day, everyone at the tea room will be wearing yellow T-shirts, serving yellow drinks and food and donating their tips and 20 per cent of the day's takings.’
    • ‘Pints have been pulled at the pub since 1991 when it was converted from a tea room and restaurant.’
    • ‘I wanted a lifestyle change - I have always wanted to run a tea room and I enjoy crafts myself.’
    • ‘The tea room natter also serves to keep the audience intrigued and alert.’
    • ‘Long awaited and heavily hyped, this ambitious new complex famed for its high-end restaurant also houses a tea room, art gallery and the Sketch Bar.’
    • ‘The couple run a family business: Steve takes care of the leathers and other merchandise, and Loz runs the cafe, which is a hybrid of Forties tea room, Fifties cafe and American diner.’
    • ‘Sadly, the tea room was not serving any teas - apparently because of low water pressure problems.’
    • ‘Bradford Council last year carried out improvements at the 100-acre site, including sign-posted footpaths and a new tea room is also being built.’
    • ‘The staff of the Orchids tea room were so delightful that I went away beaming and saying ‘yes everything was fine’, when with hindsight the bread was plastic and the cauliflower cheese runny.’
    • ‘I was walking with my umbrella to the tea room.’
    • ‘A new tea room is about to join the ranks of prestige eateries in Leigh.’
    • ‘For the café tea room is quitting its home of 33 years in Northallerton and moving two doors down the town's High Street.’
    • ‘A pound might not sound like much, but it will buy you a cup of tea in a tea room and that is what tourists would rather spend their money on.’
    • ‘Exbury's new-look tea room and restaurant will be called Mr Eddy's, after Edmund de Rothschild, head of the Exbury branch of the Rothschild family.’
    • ‘I was asked to help out at the time, I agreed to it and ended up running the tea room on a Sunday.’
    • ‘She said: ‘I was courting a local boy who was a member of the cricket club, so I began work in the tea room - and there I stayed for the next 38 years,’ she said.’
    • ‘Sadly, they rarely return, and those little businesses in Glen Lyon, the tea room, the pub and the hotels, all lose out because one estate owner wants a private little kingdom.’
    • ‘A spokesman said: ‘Following a further complaint, visits to the tea room this year established the conditions of the licence had again been broken.’’
    • ‘The store sells a good range of food and petrol, has a tea room, and provides postal facilities (now with a mail delivery and clearance six days a week!)’
  • 2North American informal A public restroom used as a meeting place for homosexual encounters.

    • ‘They also claimed that cybersex had become the new tea room for meeting anonymous partners and engaging in a fantasy world.’
    lavatory, wc, water closet, convenience, public convenience, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse, earth closet, jakes
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