1. the dried and prepared leaves of the shrub, Thea sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is made by infusion in boiling water.
2. the shrub itself, which is extensively cultivated in China, Japan, India, etc., and has fragrant white flowers.
3. the beverage so prepared, served hot or iced.
4. any kind of leaves, flowers, etc., so used, or any plant yielding them.
5. any of various infusions prepared from the leaves, flowers, etc., of other plants, and used as beverages or medicines.
6. ® beef tea.
7. a light meal taken in the late afternoon.
8. the main evening meal.
9. Colloquial ® marijuana.
10. cup of tea, Colloquial a task, topic, person, or object, etc., well suited to one's experience, taste, or liking: that show is more like my cup of tea.
11. not for all the tea in China, not at all; in no way.
[17thC tee (also tay, tey ) probably from D tee, from Malay te, teh, from Chinese d. (Amoy) t'e ; c. Mandarin and Cantonese chá. See CHAR4 ]
-- tealess, adjective