from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A set of articles, such as matching cups and a teapot, used in serving tea. Also called tea set.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a set of matching crockery for serving tea; normally a teapot, cups, saucers and small plates etc.; some items may be silver

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the appurtenances or utensils required for a tea table, -- when of silver, usually comprising only the teapot, milk pitcher, and sugar dish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a set of china or silverware for serving tea


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  • “Yes, Your Grace,” said Father Ralph briefly, and seated himself in the third chair around the tea table, loaded with wafer-thin cucumber sandwiches, pink and white iced fairy cakes, hot buttered scones with crystal dishes of jam and whipped cream, a silver tea service and Aynsley china cups washed with a delicate coating of gold leaf.

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  • And that house of hers, that incredible hotchpotch of stone and baked-earth bricks and flattened petrol drums, and inside a cross between a Bedouin tent and an English cottage, with great heaps of things in the process of being classified and sketched and a silver tea service and a paraffin heater and block-and-board shelving sagging with books and gewgaws.

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  • "Do you like Darjeelin '?" she asked when she returned with a silver tea service on a tea cart.

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  • Ushered into the drawing room of the peer’s mansion near Oxford, Helpmann found Lord Berners with an elegant silver tea service resting on a table next to a live horse.

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