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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun tea:

spoken English69.29%written English30.71% conversational speech82%task-oriented speech18% imaginative writing82.21%informational writing17.79%

The word tea is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun tea

What does tea mean as a name of something?

Tea is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in conversational speech, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in conversational spoken English.

noun - plural: teas

  1. a beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water
    • example: iced tea is a cooling drink
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic words: beverage / drink / drinkable / potable = any liquid suitable for drinking
    • more specific terms:
      • cambric tea = a beverage for children containing hot water and milk and sugar and a small amount of tea
      • cupper / cuppa = a cup of tea
      • herbal tea / herb tea / herbal = tea-like drink made of leaves of various herbs
      • iced tea / ice tea = strong tea served over ice
      • sun tea = tea made by exposing tea leaves steeped in water to the direct rays of the sun
    • substances:
      • tea leaf = dried leaves of the tea shrub
      • caffeine / caffein = a bitter alkaloid found in coffee and tea that is responsible for their stimulating effects
  2. a light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes
  3. a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves
  4. a reception or party at which tea is served
    • example: we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: reception = a formal party of people
  5. dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea
    • examples: the store shelves held many different kinds of tea | they threw the tea into Boston harbor
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • synonym of tea: tea leaf
    • more generic word: herb = aromatic potherb used in cookery for its savory qualities
    • more specific terms:
      • tea bag = a measured amount of tea in a bag for an individual serving of tea
      • black tea = fermented tea leaves
      • green tea = tea leaves that have been steamed and dried without fermenting
      • oolong = Chinese tea leaves that have been partially fermented before being dried
    • part of: Camellia sinensis = a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India

Alternative definition of the noun tea


  1. [uncountable] The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.
  2. [uncountable] The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.
  3. [countable] A variety of the tea plant
  4. [uncountable] By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants.
  5. [countable, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Commonwealth, US, (northern)] A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
  6. [countable, Southern US] A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
  7. [uncountable, UK] A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea.
  8. [uncountable, New Zealand, British, Australia] The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.
  9. [cricket] The break in play between the second and third sessions.
  10. [slang, dated] Marijuana.

Other definitions of tea

What does tea also mean?


  1. [US, politics] Taxed Enough Already


  1. [context: Northern Ireland] Training and employment agency


  1. Tea is a city in Lincoln County, South Dakota, United States and is a suburb of Sioux Falls. The population was 3,806 at the 2010 census.
  2. Tea a.k.a. Tela Airport is an airport serving Tela, a town in the Atlántida Department on the northern coast of Honduras.

There are other places with in their name, like Tea Gardens, Mad Tea Party, Pak Tea House, Tea Tree Gully, Boston Tea Party, Russian Tea Room, Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Scented-Tea Park, Happy Valley Tea Estate, Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House and San Antonio Japanese Tea Garden.


  1. Tea a.k.a. Tea Hiilloste is a Finnish singer and television presenter. She was a member of girl group Jane and she has started a solo career after the group disbanded. Her 2007 single "Tytöt tykkää" peaked at number one in Finnish Singles Chart.
  2. Tea a.k.a. Teodora Poštič is a Slovenian figure skater. She is the 2006-2009 Slovenian national champion.

There are other people with in their name, like Milk Tea, Pimp Tea, Tea Banh, Tea Ista, Tea Mayo, Tea Time, Tea-Bags, Jason Tea, Tea Babic, Tea Falco and many others.


Tea is a fictional character from the 2006 film Repos.


  1. "Tea" is a musical album of The Paintings.
    • released in (5 years ago)
  2. "Tea" is a musical album of Hideki Kaji.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  3. "Tea" is a musical album of Zhang Fu-quan.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  4. "Tea" is a musical album of Tea.


  1. "Tea" is a book by Roy Moxham.
    • subjects: British Cuisine, Tea, Great Britain, History, Africa, International trade, British Empire, Coffee, Europe, Beverages, World
  2. "Tea" is a book written by Stacey D'Erasmo.
    • author: Stacey D'Erasmo
    • genre: Fiction
    • subject: Literary
    • released in (16 years ago)
    • award: - Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction nomination for Stacey D'Erasmo
  3. "Tea" is a book by D. A. Powell.
  4. "Tea" is a book by George Tysh.
  5. "Tea" is a book by Jamie Shalleck.


TEA a.k.a. Hogs Back T.E.A. is an award-winning beer, beverage.


  1. Tea refers to several different meals in countries formerly part of the British Empire.
    • also known as High tea, Tea time
  2. Tea is a high level scripting language for the Java environment. It combines features of Scheme, Tcl and Java.
  3. Tea a.k.a. Temiar Language: Temiar is an Aslian language spoken in Western Malaysia by the Temiar people. The Temiar are one of the larger Aslian peoples, but it is not known how many of them still speak their language.
    • also known as Pie, Temer, Northern Sakai, Seroq
  4. Tea a.k.a. Slc7a2 is a protein.
  5. Tea is a TV program.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tea

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Google previewShadow of a Spout (2015)

by Amanda Cooper

Black tea is a leaf from the Camellia plant that is fully fermented before drying. It brews a fullflavor,

English Breakfast tea is a blend of black teas that is rich in flavor and usually...

Google previewAll about Tea (1935)

by William Harrison Ukers

Labrador tea is the common name for Ledum palustre, an erect small-leaved, bushy shrub of the heath family.

Google previewProtective Effects of Tea on Human Health (2006)

by Narender Kumar Jain, Maqsood Siddiqi, J. H. Weisburger

Tea is a Health-promoting Beverage in Lowering the Risk of Premature Killing Chronic Diseases: a Review John H. Weisburger...

Google previewFundamentals of Cancer Prevention (2008)

by David Alberts, Lisa M. Hess

Tea and Derivatives Tea is a beverage made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis species of the Theaceae family.

Green tea is the non-oxidized, non- fermented product of the leaves and contains several polyphenolic components, ...

Google previewDr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution (2001)

by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, M.D.

about tea is that it seems to help just about everything, from cancer to cavities.

Google previewStirring It Up (2008)

How to Make Money and Save the World by Gary Hirshberg

Tea is a consistent winner for both its taste and its organic purity. Honest Tea Is the Best Policy Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff knew exactly what they wanted: a refreshing, healthy drink with an only slightly sweet taste. After much tinkering ...

Google previewHandbook of Nutrition and Food (2001)

by Carolyn D. Berdanier

The TEA is the energy expenditure associated with skeletal muscle movement. TEA is the most influenced component of TDEE because a person can choose to do variable amounts of physical activity that ultimately involve skeletal muscle ...

Google previewSkin Rules (2012)

Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist by Debra Jaliman

Green tea is a preventive, not a cure, so the key here is to start drinking it at an early age and to drink it every day.

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary: Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany ... The Second Edition, with Many Additions, and Illustrative Plates (1805)

by Colin MILNE

The tea, after having undergone a sufficient roasting and curling, must, when cold , bc_put up, and carefully kept from the air. In this, indeed, the whole art of preserving it chiefly consists; because the air, in those hot climates, dissipates its ...

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Quotes about Tea

morning tea
fragrance lights up the mind
like dawn sun

morning tea
fragrance tips the mind
like dawn sun

inspired by

A monk sips morning tea,
It's quiet,
The chrysanthemum's flowering.
-Matsuo Basho- (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of T1E1A1

The value of this 3-letter word is 3 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of TEA

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