from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An eastern Asian evergreen shrub or small tree (Camellia sinensis) having fragrant, nodding, cup-shaped white flowers and glossy leaves.
- n. The young, dried leaves of this plant, prepared by various processes and used to make a hot beverage.
- n. An aromatic, slightly bitter beverage made by steeping tea leaves in boiling water.
- n. Any of various beverages, made as by steeping the leaves of certain plants or by extracting an infusion especially from beef.
- n. Any of various plants having leaves used to make a tealike beverage.
- n. A tea rose.
- n. Chiefly British An afternoon refreshment consisting usually of sandwiches and cakes served with tea.
- n. Chiefly British High tea.
- n. An afternoon reception or social gathering at which tea is served.
- n. Slang Marijuana.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
- n. The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.
- n. A variety of the tea plant
- n. By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants.
- n. A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
- n. A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
- n. A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea.
- n. The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.
- n. The break in play between the second and third sessions.
- n. Marijuana.
- v. To drink tea
- v. To take afternoon tea (the light meal)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea Chinensis or Camellia Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries.
- n. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water.
- n. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants
- n. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.
- intransitive v. To take or drink tea.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A product consisting of the prepared leaves of the tea-plant (see def. 2), of various kinds and qualities depending chiefly on the method of treatment.
- n. The tea-plant, Camellia theifera, often named Thea Sinensis (or Chinensis).
- n. An infusion of the prepared leaves of the tea-plant, used as a beverage, in Great Britain and America commonly with the addition of a little milk or sugar, or both, in continental Europe often with a little spirit, in Russia with lemon, and in China and neighboring countries without any admixture.
- n. A similar infusion of the leaves, roots, etc., of various other plants, used either medicinally or as a beverage: generally with a qualifying word. See phrases below.
- n. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; also, an afternoon entertainment at which tea is served: as, a five o'clock tea. See high tea, under high.
- n. Urine.
- n. Same as mate.
- n. See Psoralea.
- To take tea.
- To give tea to; serve with tea: as, to dine and tea a party of friends.
- See tae.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
- n. a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
- n. a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
- n. a reception or party at which tea is served
- n. dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea
Probably Dutch thee, from Malay teh, from Chinese (Amoy) te (equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) chá).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Originally from Min Nan (POJ: tê, Chinese: 茶). The word was brought to the West by the Dutch East India Company as thee, the Dutch approximation of the Min Nan pronunciation (compare the Malay word teh). The Mandarin pronunciation (chá) of the same Chinese character (茶) is the source of the English word chai and the Russian and Arabic words for tea. ("The World Atlas of Language Structures Online" has a special chapter dedicated to the origin of the word for tea in different languages: .) (Wiktionary)