|1.||[ noun ] (food) a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water|
"iced tea is a cooling drink"
|Related terms:||beverage ice_tea cuppa cambric_tea herb_tea caffeine|
|2.||[ noun ] (British) a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes|
"an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea"
|Related terms:||meal UK|
|3.||[ noun ] a reception or party at which tea is served|
"we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers"
|4.||[ noun ] (botany) a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves|
"tea has fragrant white flowers"
|Related terms:||shrub genus_Camellia|
|5.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 15973|
|6.||[ noun ] (food) dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea|
"the store shelves held many different kinds of tea" "they threw the tea into Boston harbor"
|Related terms:||herb green_tea black_tea oolong tea_bag|