- tea [ ti ] noun **1. ) uncount a hot brown drink made by pouring boiling water onto the dried leaves of the tea bush. The leaves are called tea leaves and can be bought in small paper bags called tea bags that are put into a cup or teapot:Do you want some more tea?cup of tea: I'd love a cup of tea.a ) count MAINLY BRITISH a cup of tea:Two teas, please.b ) uncount the dried cut leaves of the tea bush, used for making tea:a packet of teac ) count or uncount a hot drink made by pouring boiling water onto the dried leaves, fruit, or flowers of a particular plant, or a cup of this drink:a cup of rosehip teaherbal tea2. ) uncount BRITISH INFORMAL a small meal consisting of sandwiches, etc. that is eaten in the afternoon with tea:They were having afternoon tea in the garden.a ) SUPPER:What would you like for your tea?not be someone's cup of teato not be the type of person or thing that you like or enjoy:Violent movies are not everyone's cup of tea.not for all the tea in China INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONEDused for saying that nothing could persuade you to do somethingtea and sympathy BRITISHsupport and kindness that you provide for someone who is upset or in trouble:I just need a little bit of tea and sympathy right now.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.