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"tea" in British English

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teanoun

uk   /tiː/ us   /tiː/
  • tea noun (DRINK)

A1 [C or U] (a drink made by pouring hot water onto) dried and cut leaves and sometimes flowers, especially the leaves of the tea plant: China/Indian tea iced/lemon tea a selection of herbal teas The waitress brought us two steaming cups of tea. "Shall I pour the tea?" "No, let it brew (= get stronger) a while." How do you like your tea - strong or weak? We sat in the shade of a tree, sipping tea and eating scones. I'm not much of a tea drinker.UK Tea and biscuits will be provided at eleven o'clock.UK informal How about a nice cup of tea? That'll make you feel better.
[C] a cup of tea: Two teas, please.

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  • tea noun (MEAL)

B1 [U or C] mainly UK a small meal eaten in the late afternoon, usually including cake and a cup of tea
[U or C] UK a meal that is eaten in the early evening and is usually cooked

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(Definition of tea from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tea" in American English

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teanoun [C/U]

us   /ti/
the dried and cut leaves of esp. the tea plant, or a drink made by pouring hot water onto these: [U] I’d love a nice cup of hot tea. [C] We have a variety of herbal teas.
Br Tea is also a light meal eaten in the late afternoon or early evening.
(Definition of tea from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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