- an evergreen shrub or small tree, Camellia sinensis, of tropical and subtropical Asia, having toothed leathery leaves and white fragrant flowers: family Theaceae
- the dried shredded leaves of this shrub, used to make a beverage by infusion in boiling water
- such a beverage, served hot or iced
- any of various plants that are similar to Camellia sinensis or are used to make a tealike beverage
- any such beverage
- chiefly Brit
Also called: afternoon tea a light meal eaten in mid-afternoon, usually consisting of tea and cakes, biscuits, or sandwiches
Also called: high tea afternoon tea that also includes a light cooked dish
- Brit Austral NZ the main evening meal
- US Canadian old-fashioned slang marijuana
- tea and sympathy ⇒ informal a caring attitude, esp to someone in trouble
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Plant Biology[uncountable] the dried and prepared leaves of an Asian shrub, used to make a beverage.
- Plant Biology[uncountable] the shrub itself.
- 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.
- Plant Biology[uncountable] any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
- 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.
- Plant Biologythe dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Camellia sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is prepared by infusion in hot water.
- Plant Biologythe shrub itself, extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and having fragrant white flowers. Cf.tea family.
- the beverage so prepared, served hot or iced.
- Plant Biologyany 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, and used as beverages or medicines.
- FoodSee beef bouillon.
- British Terms[Brit.]any meal, whether a light snack or one consisting of several courses, eaten in the late afternoon or in the evening;
any meal other than dinner, eaten after the middle of the afternoon.
- an afternoon reception at which tea is served.
- Slang Terms[Slang.]marijuana.
- one's cup of tea, something suitable, appropriate, or attractive to one:Horror movies and westerns are just not my cup of tea.
1940–45 for def. 9;