What does TEA mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tea(noun)

    a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water

    "iced tea is a cooling drink"

  2. 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"

  3. 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"

  4. tea(noun)

    a reception or party at which tea is served

    "we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"

  5. 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"


  1. tea(Noun)

    The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.

    Go to the supermarket and buy some tea.

  2. tea(Noun)

    The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.

    Would you like some tea?

  3. tea(Noun)

    A variety of the tea plant

    Darjeeling is a tea from India.

  4. tea(Noun)

    By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants.

    camomile tea

  5. tea(Noun)

    A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.

  6. tea(Noun)

    A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.

  7. tea(Noun)

    A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea.

    Kids, your tea's on the table!

  8. tea(Noun)

    The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.

    The family were sitting round the table, having their tea.

  9. tea(Noun)

    The break in play between the second and third sessions.

    Australia were 490 for 7 at tea on the second day.

  10. tea(Verb)

    To drink tea

  11. tea(Verb)

    To take afternoon tea (the light meal)

  12. tea(Noun)


  13. 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: .)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tea(noun)

    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

  2. Tea(noun)

    a decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage

  3. Tea(noun)

    any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea

  4. Tea(noun)

    the evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper

  5. Tea(verb)

    to take or drink tea


  1. 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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tea

    tē, n. the dried leaves of a shrub in China, Japan, Assam, and Ceylon: an infusion of the leaves in boiling water: any vegetable infusion.—ns. Tea′-bread, light spongy bread or buns to be eaten with tea; Tea′-cadd′y, a caddy or small box for holding tea; Tea′-cake, a light cake to be eaten with tea; Tea′-can′ister, an air-tight jar or box for holding tea; Tea′-chest, a chest or case in which tea is imported; Tea′-clip′per, a fast-sailing ship in the tea-trade; Tea′-cō′sy (see Cosy); Tea′-cup, a small cup used in drinking tea; Tea′-deal′er, one who buys and sells tea; Tea′-fight (slang), a tea-party; Tea′-gar′den, a public garden where tea and other refreshments are served; Tea′-gown, a loose gown for wearing at afternoon tea at home; Tea′-house, a Chinese or Japanese house for tea, &c.; Tea′-kett′le, a kettle in which to boil water for making tea; Tea′-lead, thin sheet-lead, used in lining tea-chests; Tea′-par′ty, a social gathering at which tea is served, also the persons present; Tea′-plant, the plant or shrub from which tea is obtained; Tea′-pot, a pot or vessel in which the beverage tea is made; Tea′-sau′cer, a saucer in which a tea-cup is set; Tea′-ser′vice, -set, the utensils necessary for a tea-table; Tea′-spoon, a small spoon used with the tea-cup, smaller still than the dessert-spoon; Tea′-stick, a stick cut from the Australian tea-tree; Tea′-tā′ble, a table at which tea is drunk; Tea′-tast′er, one who ascertains the quality of tea by tasting it.—n.pl. Tea′-things, the tea-pot, cups, &c.—ns. Tea′-tree, the common tea-plant or shrub; a name of various Australian myrtaceous and other plants; Tea′-urn, a vessel for boiling water or keeping it hot, used on the tea-table.—Black tea, that which in the process of manufacture is fermented between rolling and firing (heating with charcoal in a sieve), while Green tea is that which is fired immediately after rolling. Among black teas are bohea, congou, souchong, and pekoe; among green, hyson, imperial, and gunpowder. The finest black is Pekoe; the finest green, Gunpowder. [From South Chinese te (pron. ), the common form being ch'a or ts'a.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Tea

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. tea

    A moderate amount of food or a meal.

    Tea time is a great time for families to get together.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 28, 2020  
  2. tea

    A type of drink in various flavors.

    Tea is a popular worldwide drink and can be drank hot or cold depending on the flavor and the taste of the person drinking it.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 17, 2016  
  3. tea

    A type of seed, shrub, plant, tree and product created and cultivated in various species.

    Tea is created in a variety of species and used as a drink worldwide.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 17, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TEA' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1448

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TEA' in Written Corpus Frequency: #509

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TEA' in Nouns Frequency: #535

Anagrams for TEA »

  1. a.e.t., ate, eat, ETA, eta

How to pronounce TEA?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say TEA in sign language?

  1. tea


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of TEA in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of TEA in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of TEA in a Sentence

  1. Charles Lauller:

    Coffee is my cup of tea.

  2. Mao Tse-tung:

    The revolution is not a tea party.

  3. Ricardo Perez:

    I've already started to drink more tea.

  4. Tony Bennett:

    This is a red meat issue for the Tea Party.

  5. Randy Luciano:

    I wouldn't tell people to stop drinking tea.

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