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noun tea pronunciation in British English /tiː/
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  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. 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.


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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