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noun British English pronunciation: tea /tiː/ 
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [uncountable] a hot brown drink made by pouring boiling water onto the dried leaves of the tea bush. The leaves are called tea leaves and can be bought in small paper bags called tea bags that are put into a cup or teapot

    Do you want some more tea?

    cup of tea:

    I'd love a cup of tea.

    1. a.
      [countable] a cup of tea

      Two teas, please.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the dried cut leaves of the tea bush, used for making tea

      a packet of tea

  2. 2
    [uncountable] a hot drink made by pouring boiling water onto the dried leaves, fruit, or flowers of other plants, especially herbs

    a cup of camomile tea

    1. a.
      [countable] a cup of this drink

      a herbal tea

  3. 3
    [uncountable] British a meal eaten in the evening

    What would you like for your tea?

    1. a.
      informal a small meal consisting of sandwiches etc that is eaten in the afternoon with tea

      They were having afternoon tea in the garden.


See also

This is the British English definition of tea. View American English definition of tea