AskDefine | Define teacup

Dictionary Definition



1 as much as a teacup will hold [syn: teacupful]
2 a cup from which tea is drunk

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Alternative spellings


  1. a small cup, with a handle, used for drinking tea; normally sits in a saucer as part of a tea set
    Note: In England, its use has been overtaken by the mug
  2. a unit of measure; a teacupful


cup for drinking tea

Extensive Definition

A teacup is a small cup with a handle, generally a small one that may be grasped with the thumb and one or two fingers. It is typically made of porcelain ("china"). It is usually part of a set, composed of a cup and a matching saucer. These in turn may be part of a tea set in combination with a teapot, cream jug, covered sugar bowl and slop bowl en suite. Teacups are wider and shorter than coffee cups.
Some collectors acquire numerous one-of-a-kind cups with matching saucers. Better teacups typically are of fine white translucent porcelain and often decorated with floral patterns. They may also memorialize a location, person, or event. Such collectors may also accumulate silver teaspoons. These usually have a decorated ceramic insert in the handle with similar themes.
The first small cups specifically made for drinking the new beverage tea seen in Europe were exported from the Japanese port of Imari. Tea bowls in the Far East did not have handles, and the first European imitations, made at Meissen, were without handles, too.
teacup in German: Tasse
teacup in Esperanto: Taso
teacup in French: Tasse à café
teacup in Indonesian: Cangkir
teacup in Macedonian: Чајна шолја
teacup in Dutch: Kopje
teacup in Dutch Low Saxon: Komme-en-schottel
teacup in Norwegian: Kopp
teacup in Polish: Filiżanka
teacup in Simple English: Cup
teacup in Finnish: Teekuppi
teacup in Swedish: Kopp
teacup in Chinese: 茶杯
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