• (uncountable) The dried leaves or buds of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis.

    "Go to the supermarket and buy some tea."

  • (uncountable) By extension, any drink made by infusing parts of various other plants.

    "camomile tea;"

  • (uncountable, Britain) A light meal eaten mid-afternoon, typically with tea; afternoon tea.
  • (slang, dated) Marijuana.
  • (countable) A variety of the tea plant.

    "Darjeeling is a tea from India."

  • (countable, Southern US) A glass of iced tea, typically served with ice cubes and sometimes with a slice or wedge of lemon.
  • (cricket) The break in play between the second and third sessions.

    "Australia were 490 for 7 at tea on the second day."

  • (uncountable) The drink made by infusing these dried leaves or buds in hot water.

    "Would you like some tea?"

  • (countable, Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, northern US) A cup of any one of these drinks, often with a small amount of milk or cream added and sweetened with sugar or honey.
  • (uncountable, New Zealand, Britain, Australia) The main evening meal, irrespective of whether tea is drunk with it.

    "The family were sitting round the table, having their tea."


  • To take afternoon tea (the light meal).
  • To drink tea.

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