Man·​hat·​tan man-ˈha-tᵊn How to pronounce Manhattan (audio)
variants or less commonly manhattan
plural Manhattans also manhattans
: a cocktail consisting typically of whiskey, vermouth, and bitters
… a cocktail bar focusing on the classics such as martinis, Manhattans and boulevardiers.Nico Madrigal-Yankowski
A Manhattan has three key ingredients: A whiskey you like, sweet vermouth, and bitters. A purist will say you should use rye.Michael Corcoran
For a classic manhattan, I'd grab a solid, classic rye.Al Sotack

Examples of Manhattan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His arrest set off a political face-off between Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. Josephine Stratman, New York Daily News, 14 June 2024 In Manhattan, rising from the ruins of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the windows of the angular 4 World Trade Center reflect the surrounding cityscape and Hudson River. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 13 June 2024 For the average apartment in Manhattan, where the median monthly rent recently hit $4,500, that would amount to a fee of $8,100. Paolo Confino, Fortune, 13 June 2024 The overnight demonstrations and vandalism came a day after a large protest against the war in Gaza was held outside a new exhibit in lower Manhattan honoring the 364 concertgoers killed at the Nova Festival in Israel during the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas terrorists. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 12 June 2024 Image In 2006, Mr. Maki was chosen to design 4 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan as part of the rebuilding effort after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Fred A. Bernstein, New York Times, 12 June 2024 Chace Crawford originally had his sights set on Dillon, Texas rather than Manhattan's Upper East Side. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 12 June 2024 Robert Menendez's serious threat comes from Ravi Bhalla, a civil rights lawyer and two-term mayor of Hoboken, a modestly-sized but influential commuter city across the Hudson from Manhattan. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 4 June 2024 Thus, Trump’s conviction on 34 felony counts by a Manhattan jury is nonetheless a welcome and important political marker. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024

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Word History


Manhattan, borough of New York City

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Manhattan was in 1889

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Cite this Entry

“Manhattan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Man·​hat·​tan man-ˈha-tᵊn How to pronounce Manhattan (audio)
city on the Kansas River in the northeast central part of the state of Kansas population 52,281
island 13 miles (21 kilometers) long in southeastern New York surrounded by the Hudson River, Harlem River, Spuyten Duyvil Creek, East River, and Upper New York Bay
borough of New York City comprising Manhattan Island, several small adjacent islands, and a small area (Marble Hill) on the mainland population 1,585,873

Note: Manhattan contains one of the world's chief financial and commercial areas.

Manhattanite noun
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