Definitions for TEAti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Thea (Camellia) sinensis, of the family Theaceade.
the shrub itself, extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and having fragrant white flowers.
a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage prepared by infusing tea leaves in boiling water, served hot or iced.
any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other plants, used as a beverage or medicine.
a snack or light meal, usu. including tea, sandwiches, and cakes, eaten in the late afternoon.
Brit. any meal eaten in the late afternoon or evening.
an afternoon reception at which tea is served.
Category: Status (usage)
Origin of tea:
1645–55; earlier also tay < D thee < Malay te < dial. Chin (Xiamen) t'e, akin to Chin chá
a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
"iced tea is a cooling drink"
tea, afternoon tea, teatime(noun)
a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
"an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
tea, Camellia sinensis(noun)
a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
"tea has fragrant white flowers"
a reception or party at which tea is served
"we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
tea, tea leaf(noun)
dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea
"the store shelves held many different kinds of tea"; "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a hot drink made from the crushed leaves of the tea bush
black/green tea; I"ll have a cup of tea, please.
a cup or glass of tea
Two teas please.
in parts of the U.K., a meal eaten in the early evening
The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
Go to the supermarket and buy some tea.
The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.
Would you like some tea?
A variety of the tea plant
Darjeeling is a tea from India.
By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants.
A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea.
Kids, your teau2019s on the table!
The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.
The family were sitting round the table, having their tea.
The break in play between the second and third sessions.
Australia were 490 for 7 at tea on the second day.
To drink tea
To take afternoon tea (the light meal)
Origin: Originally from (POJ: tê, Chinese: 茶). The word was brought to the West by the Dutch East India Company as thee, the Dutch approximation of the Min Nan pronunciation (compare the Malay word teh). The Mandarin pronunciation (chá) of the same Chinese character (茶) is the source of the English word chai and the Russian and Arabic words for tea. ("The World Atlas of Language Structures Online" has a special chapter dedicated to the origin of the word for tea in different languages: .)
the prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea, / Camellia, Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries
a decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage
any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea
the evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper
to take or drink tea
Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour that many people enjoy. Tea likely originated in China during the Shang Dynasty as a medicinal drink. It was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century. Drinking tea became popular in Britain during the 17th century. The British introduced it to India, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on the product. Tea has been historically promoted for having a variety of positive health benefits. Recent human studies suggest that green tea may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, promote oral health, reduce blood pressure, help with weight control, improve antibacterial and antivirasic activity, provide protection from solar ultraviolet light, increase bone mineral density, and have "anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power." Additional research is needed to "fully understand its contributions to human health, and advise its regular consumption in Western diets."
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The infusion of leaves of CAMELLIA SINENSIS (formerly Thea sinensis) as a beverage, the familiar Oriental tea, which contains CATECHIN (especially epigallocatechin gallate) and CAFFEINE.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'TEA' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1448
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'TEA' in Written Corpus Frequency: #509
Rank popularity for the word 'TEA' in Nouns Frequency: #535
Translations for TEA
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a type of plant grown in Asia, especially India, Ceylon and China, or its dried and prepared leaves
I bought half a kilo of tea.
- نَبات الشايArabic
- cháPortuguese (BR)
- der TeeGerman
- τσάι (φυτό)Greek
- بته ی چایFarsi
- čaj (biljka)Croatian
- terunni; teIcelandic
- te, tebuskNorwegian
- 茶樹，茶Chinese (Trad.)
- چائے کي پتيUrdu
- cây chèVietnamese
- 茶树，茶Chinese (Simp.)
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