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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tea
  1. The prepared leaves of a shrub, or small tree (Thea ChinensisorCamellia Chinensis). The shrub is a native of China, but has been introduced to some extent into some other countries.
  2. A decoction or infusion of tea leaves in boiling water; as, tea is a common beverage.
  3. Any infusion or decoction, especially when made of the dried leaves of plants; as, sage tea; chamomile tea; catnip tea.
  4. The evening meal, at which tea is usually served; supper.

Note: Teas are classed as green or black, according to their color or appearance, the kinds being distinguished also by various other characteristic differences, as of taste, odor, and the like. The color, flavor, and quality are dependent upon the treatment which the leaves receive after being gathered. The leaves for green tea are heated, or roasted slightly, in shallow pans over a wood fire, almost immediately after being gathered, after which they are rolled with the hands upon a table, to free them from a portion of their moisture, and to twist them, and are then quickly dried. Those intended for black tea are spread out in the air for some time after being gathered, and then tossed about with the hands until they become soft and flaccid, when they are roasted for a few minutes, and rolled, and having then been exposed to the air for a few hours in a soft and moist state, are finally dried slowly over a charcoal fire. The operation of roasting and rolling is sometimes repeated several times, until the leaves have become of the proper color. The principal sorts of green tea are Twankay, the poorest kind; Hyson skin, the refuse of Hyson; Hyson, Imperial, and Gunpowder, fine varieties; and Young Hyson, a choice kind made from young leaves gathered early in the spring. Those of black tea are Bohea, the poorest kind; Congou; Oolong; Souchong, one of the finest varieties; and Pekoe, a fine-flavored kind, made chiefly from young spring buds. See Bohea Congou Gunpowder tea, under Gunpowder Hyson Oolong, and Souchong.

Note: ☞ “No knowledge of . . . [tea] appears to have reached Europe till after the establishment of intercourse between Portugal and China in 1517. The Portuguese, however, did little towards the introduction of the herb into Europe, and it was not till the Dutch established themselves at Bantam early in 17th century, that these adventurers learned from the Chinese the habit of tea drinking, and brought it to Europe.”

Etymology: Chin. tshā, Prov. Chin. te: cf. F. thé

verb Tea
To take or drink tea.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A light midafternoon meal of tea and sandwiches or cakes ("an Englishman would interrupt a war to have his afternoon tea")
  2. Dried leaves of the tea shrub; used to make tea ("the store shelves held many different kinds of tea" and "they threw the tea into Boston harbor")
  3. A beverage made by steeping tea leaves in water ("iced tea is a cooling drink")
  4. A reception or party at which tea is served ("we met at the Dean's tea for newcomers")
  5. A tropical evergreen shrub or small tree extensively cultivated in e.g. China and Japan and India; source of tea leaves ("tea has fragrant white flowers")
  1. A city in South Dakota

Tea was also found in the following language(s): Estonian, Faroese, and Finnish

Notable Persons Named Tea

Téa Leoni is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Téa was given the name Elizabeth Téa Pantaleoni on February 25th, 1966 in New York City, New York, U.S.


Téa was given the name Tea Bajraktarević on September 30th, 1985 in Belgrade. Téa is also known as Bajraktarević and Tea.


Tea Falco is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2007. Tea was born on August 11th, 1986 in Catania, Italy.


Tea Banh is a Minister of Posts, Telecommunications, Member of Parliament for Siem Reap, Minister of National Defense, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Minister of Transport, Member of ParliamentforSiem Reap, Ministry of National Defense (Cambodia), Prime Minister of. Tea was born on November 5th, 1945 in Koh Kong Province.



Tea was born on September 7th, 1964 in Auckland.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tea

Michelle Tea is a poetry, memoir, and fiction writer. Michelle was given the name Michelle Tomasik in Chelsea, Massachusetts.


Cocoa Tea is a reggae and dancehall musician. Cocoa was given the name Calvin George Scott on September 3rd, 1959 in Rocky Point, Clarendon, Jamaica.


Thierry Tea is a ceo of philjets group, managing partner of agama investments and managing director of starline global industries, board director of saint blanquat & associates, chairman, partner (business rank), chief executive officer, ceoof philjets group, and managing. Thierry was born on April 22nd, 1981 in Paris. Thierry is also known as Yung Hann 張勇漢.


Richard Longstreth Tea is a military person. His military service ended in 1888.


Dominic Tea is a sports team member for the Sarawak FA.


How popular is the baby name Tea in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1976 6 6 0
1980 5 5 0
1981 7 7 0
1982 7 7 0
1992 8 8 0
1993 19 19 0
1994 10 10 0
1995 10 10 0
1996 33 33 0
1997 261 261 0
1998 290 290 0
1999 167 167 0
2000 105 105 0
2001 138 138 0
2002 199 199 0
2003 140 140 0
2004 93 93 0
2005 114 114 0
2006 117 117 0
2007 83 83 0
2008 94 94 0
2009 77 77 0
2010 66 66 0
2011 73 73 0
2012 53 53 0
2013 45 45 0
2014 31 31 0
2015 38 38 0
2016 29 29 0
2017 25 25 0

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Popularity of Tea as a first name

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Popularity of Tea as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tea U.S.
  White 27.49% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 63.79% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.79% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tea

People with the last name Tea are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Tea

  • How Popular is the name Tea? Tea is the 6,114th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tea was the 22,450th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tea have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,343 babies born with the first name Tea in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tea to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tea? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Tea first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tea is Tuesday, November 25th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Tea born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tea was in 1998 with a total of 290 babies.
  • Random Tea Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tea is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Tea: Your name in reverse order is Aet. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eta. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tea? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,146 people with the last name Tea.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tea? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tea as their last name since less than 1 person in 256k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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