WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
tea /ti/USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Plant Biology[uncountable] the dried and prepared leaves of an Asian shrub, used to make a beverage.
  2. Plant Biology[uncountable] the shrub itself.
  3. a bitter beverage prepared by adding tea leaves to boiling water: [uncountable]a cup of tea.[countable]I'll have two teas with sugar and lemon, please.
  4. Plant Biology[uncountable] any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
  5. a snack or light meal, usually including tea, sandwiches, and cakes, eaten in the late afternoon: [uncountable]They had us over for tea.[countable]a lovely afternoon tea.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tea /tiː/ n
  1. an evergreen shrub or small tree, Camellia sinensis, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having toothed leathery leaves and white fragrant flowers: family Theaceae
  2. the dried shredded leaves of this shrub, used to make a beverage by infusion in boiling water
  3. such a beverage, served hot or iced
  4. any of various plants that are similar to Camellia sinensis or are used to make a tealike beverage
  5. any such beverage
  6. chiefly Brit
    Also called: afternoon tea a light meal eaten in mid-afternoon, usually consisting of tea and cakes, biscuits, or sandwiches

  7. Also called: high tea afternoon tea that also includes a light cooked dish
  8. Brit Austral NZ the main evening meal
  9. US Canadian old-fashioned slang marijuana
  10. tea and sympathyinformal a caring attitude, esp to someone in trouble
Etymology: 17th Century: from Chinese (Amoy) t'e, from Ancient Chinese d`a

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