1. [ noun ] (food) a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water

"iced tea is a cooling drink"

Related terms: beverage ice_tea cuppa cambric_tea herb_tea caffeine
2. [ noun ] (British) a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
Synonyms: teatime afternoon_tea

"an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"

Related terms: meal UK
3. [ noun ] a reception or party at which tea is served

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

Related terms: reception
4. [ noun ] (botany) a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
Synonyms: Camellia_sinensis

"tea has fragrant white flowers"

Related terms: shrub genus_Camellia
5. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 15973
6. [ noun ] (food) dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea
Synonyms: tea_leaf

"the store shelves held many different kinds of tea" "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"

Related terms: herb green_tea black_tea oolong tea_bag
Similar spelling:   te