The Alternative Japanese Dictionary: お茶

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お茶 〈o chá〉 {{ja-kanjitab}} etymology 〈yù〉 + 〈chá〉 Alternative forms: {{l/ja}}
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  1. tea, usually green tea {{ja-usex}}
  2. tea ceremony
  3. snack with tea or coffee
  4. the act of having tea
  • Using お茶 〈o chá〉 is considered neutral, while the bare 〈chá〉 is markedly impolite to refer to tea. Prefix 〈o〉 was originally honorific, is now part of the word in modern Japanese.
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  1. (colloquial) go out for tea
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お茶 generally refers to a cup of hot green tea. In general, black tea is referred to as 紅茶 〈hóng chá〉, though it can be implicitly included within the term お茶, which literally just means "tea." The honorific 〈o〉 in お茶 is normally written in hiragana, though you will see it from time to time in more formal or official writing as 〈yù〉 (as in ). Also, お茶 is one of the unusual cases of the honorific お(御) that can be used to refer to anyone, including the speaker. See the usage note at 〈yù〉. 茶する 〈chásuru〉 without the honorific お is rarely used.

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