from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The articles, taken collectively, used in serving tea.


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  • The steward was just bringing the pretty tea-service for Miss West, and in the background Wada hovered.


  • Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal A selection of macarons The best bet is the tea-service platter for one or two $25 or $47, which includes tiny sandwiches such as smoked salmon with red onion or egg salad with thyme.

    Tea Time in the Village

  • With the bawling of the men's voices still in my ears, and with the pictures of their drink-puffed and filthy faces still vivid under my eyelids, I found myself greeted by a delicate-faced, prettily-gowned woman who sat beside a lacquered oriental table on which rested an exquisite tea-service of Canton china.


  • The formal tea-service ritual varies depending on what kind of tea you order.


  • At the end, towards the fireplace, appeared the tea-service, of old-fashioned Worcester porcelain, and behind this arose the slight form of Elfride, attempting to add matronly dignity to the movement of pouring out tea, and to have a weighty and concerned look in matters of marmalade, honey, and clotted cream.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • She vanished with the teapot, cups, and saucers, and reappeared with a tea-service in white china, and a packet wrapped in brown paper.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Margery retreated to the work-table, work-box, and tea-service, which she examined with hushed exclamations.

    The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid

  • On the other, were laid bamboo utensils for tea, a tea-service and various cups and saucers.

    Hung Lou Meng

  • Arranging to purchase a complete dinner — and tea-service for fifteen hundred roubles and including in the bargain for that sum a cigar-case of ingenious form and a silver shaving-set, and finally, asking the price of some other articles, useful and agreeable in their own way, he ended by promising to come without fail next day, or to send for his purchases the same day.

    The Double

  • There is a round table in the middle, with a purplish-red marble top, on which there stands, by way of ornament, the inevitable white china tea-service, covered with a half-effaced gilt network.

    Father Goriot


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