Meaning of brick tea in English:

brick tea

Pronunciation /ˌbrɪk ˈtiː/


  • Tea in the form of a solid brick-like block made by steaming and compressing coarse tea leaves, stalks, and tea dust.

    Brick tea is consumed across Central Asia and Russia and has historically been used as a form of currency in some regions.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Trusler (1735–1820), Church of England clergyman and author. From brick + tea, after Russian kirpičnyj čaj, perhaps itself after a compound in a Central Asian Turkic language.