cup

1 of 2

noun

1
: an open usually bowl-shaped drinking vessel
2
a
: a drinking vessel and its contents
b
: the consecrated wine of the Communion
3
: something that falls to one's lot
4
: an ornamental cup offered as a prize (as in a championship)
5
: something resembling a cup: such as
a
: a cup-shaped plant organ
b
: an athletic supporter reinforced usually with plastic to provide extra protection to the wearer
c
: either of two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts
d
: the metal case inside a hole in golf
also : the hole itself
6
: a usually iced beverage resembling punch but served from a pitcher rather than a bowl
7
: a half pint : eight fluid ounces
8
: a food served in a cup-shaped usually footed vessel
a fruit cup
9
: the symbol ∪ indicating the union of two sets compare cap sense 7
cuplike adjective

cup

2 of 2

verb

cupped; cupping

transitive verb

1
: to treat by cupping
2
a
: to curve into the shape of a cup
cupped his hands around his mouth
b
: to place in or as if in a cup
Phrases
in one's cups
: drunk

Examples of cup in a Sentence

Noun Would you like another cup of tea? The winner will take home the cup. Verb He cupped his hands around his mouth and shouted at us. I had to cup my hand to my ear in order to hear him. He cupped his mouth with his hands and shouted at us. I sat with my chin cupped in my hand.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
For the study, one serving of baby carrots — chopped into smaller pieces and commonly sold at grocery stores — was around eight to 12 carrots, the equivalent of 100 grams or half a cup, Simmons added. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 8 July 2024 The top also features removable cups for extra support and coverage. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2024
Verb
While skiers trapped in avalanches can cup their hands to form an air pocket because snow is light, that’s not the case when sand collapses. Stephen P. Leatherman, Washington Post, 6 July 2024 The child’s new mother gently bathes him on a beach, cupping and pouring seawater over his tiny feet, which are mysteriously scuffed and bloodied. Justin Chang, The New Yorker, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for cup 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cupa tub — more at hive

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cup was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near cup

Cite this Entry

“Cup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cup. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cup

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: something to drink out of in the shape of a bowl usually with a handle
a coffee cup
b
: a similar container used to measure amounts (as in cooking)
a measuring cup
2
a
: the contents of a cup : cupful
drank two cups of cocoa
b
: a half pint : eight fluid ounces (about 237 milliliters)
3
: a large ornamental cup offered as a prize
4
: something (as the corolla of a flower) resembling a cup
5
: a food served in a cup-shaped container
fruit cup
cuplike adjective

cup

2 of 2 verb
cupped; cupping
1
: to curve into the shape of a cup
cupped his hands around his mouth
2
: to place in or as if in a cup
cupped her mouth with her hands

Medical Definition

cup

1 of 2 noun
1
: a usually open bowl-shaped drinking vessel often having a handle and a stem and base and sometimes a lid
2
: a drinking vessel and its contents : the beverage or food contained in a cup
a second cup of coffee
3
: something resembling a cup
invagination of the blastula to form a multilayered cellular cup
: as
a(1)
: an athletic supporter reinforced for providing extra protection to the wearer in certain strenuous sports (as boxing, hockey, or football)
(2)
: either of the two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts
b
: a small bell-shaped glass formerly used in cupping
c
: a cap of metal or plastic shaped like the femoral head and used in plastic reconstruction of the hip joint

cup

2 of 2 verb
cupped; cupping

transitive verb

: to treat by cupping

intransitive verb

: to undergo or perform cupping

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