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tea service

a set of chinaware for preparing and drinking hot beverages, especially tea.
a set of silver or other metalware for preparing and serving hot beverages, especially tea.
Also called tea set.
Origin of tea service
1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Milly leaned forward, her round chin on her hand, and looked intently at the tea-service and at the proffered cup.

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • She had set out the tea-service that her aunt had given her for a wedding-present.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • This term, by special permission from Miss Cartwright, a tea-service was added to the other possessions.

  • Maitland Tait asked, after the tea-service was before us, and I had poured his cup.

    Amazing Grace Kate Trimble Sharber
  • He sent instructions that it should be of the same kind as a tea-service previously sent to his son the Duke of Aliaga.

  • He rang and ordered a servant to make a fire and bring the tea-service.

    Ancestors Gertrude Atherton
  • The tea-service was brought, and Rhoda made tea, and filled a cup for him.

    Rhoda Fleming, Complete George Meredith
  • We sat around the hearth, by which was placed the table with the tea-service and the hot cakes.

    Bye-Ways Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Pam was busy with the tea-service, and the boys were hungry—so she must go and help.

    Theo Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Moreover, the cups were so tiny that they held hardly more than the cups of a doll's tea-service would hold.

    Our Little Arabian Cousin Blanche McManus
British Dictionary definitions for tea-service

tea service

the china or pottery articles used in serving tea, including a teapot, cups, saucers, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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