from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garden or open-air inclosure formerly attached to a house of entertainment, where tea was served. These gardens were places of fashionable resort in England in the eighteenth century.
  • n. A plantation of tea.


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  • Cunette, whose “establishment” had been closed by the riots, became leonine at the sight of his deserted dance-hall, and got himself killed to preserve the order represented by a tea-garden.

    Les Miserables

  • The horrid creatures are going to fuddle at the tea-garden, and get tipsy like their masters.

    The Virginians

  • Can the same be said of our lower classes, who, if they are inclined to be sociable and amused in their holidays, have no place of resort but the tap-room or tea-garden, and no food for conversation except such as can be built upon the politics or the police reports of the last Sunday paper?

    The Paris Sketch Book

  • And many a pleasant walk in the country, many a treat to a tea-garden, many a smart ribbon and brooch used Dobble and I (for his father allowed him 600L., and our purses were in common) present to these young ladies.

    The Fatal Boots

  • It was so pleasant to walk with him up to Pentonville; — so joyous to turn into a gay enclosure, half public-house and half tea-garden; so pleasant to hear him order the good things, which in his company would be so nice!

    The Way We Live Now

  • One October day in nineteen-seventeen — — (said Jordan Baker that afternoon, sitting up very straight on a straight chair in the tea-garden at the Plaza Hotel) — I was walking along from one place to another, half on the sidewalks and half on the lawns.

    The Great Gatsby

  • For a space on one side, a rude quay, with small smacks floating off it, spoke of some minute commercial interests; a very small tea-garden, with neglected-looking bowers and leaf-strewn tables, hinted at some equally minute tripping interest.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • Boston into an observatory, and Philadelphia into a tea-garden, and nothing but an amiable regard for the comfort of a handful of families prevents at once from carrying such plans into effect.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 2, February, 1862 Devoted To Literature And National Policy

  • When clearing jungle for a tea-garden the workmen sometimes come on a certain species of tree, of which they are in great dread.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • As things turned out I never returned to the country and so had to abandon my rights, etc.; but in support of my judgment I was very much gratified to learn years afterwards that someone else had secured and developed this particular piece of land as a tea-garden, and that it had turned out to be the most valuable, much the most valuable, piece of tea land, acre for acre, in the whole country.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel


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