noun, often capitalized
man·​hat·​tan | \ man-ˈha-tᵊn How to pronounce manhattan (audio) , mən-\

Definition of manhattan

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: a cocktail consisting of vermouth, whiskey, and sometimes a dash of bitters


geographical name
Man·​hat·​tan | \ man-ˈha-tᵊn How to pronounce Manhattan (audio) , mən-\

Definition of Manhattan (Entry 2 of 2)

1 city on the Kansas River in the northeast central part of the state of Kansas population 52,281
2 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
3 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.

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Geographical name

Manhattanite \ man-​ˈha-​tᵊn-​ˌīt How to pronounce Manhattanite (audio) , mən-​ \ noun

Examples of manhattan in a Sentence

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This human riffed on a manhattan and named it a confused human, a dry and malty brew: Jack Daniel’s, Cinzano sweet vermouth, lemonade, cherry syrup and a lemon slice immaculately sectioned by the robot. WSJ, "Robot Restaurants: The Good Versus the Gimmicks," 3 Oct. 2018 Image Bartenders are happy to report that Americans are ordering the classic cocktails: manhattans, old-fashioneds, daiquiris and so forth. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "Whatever the Cocktail, They’re Ordering It With Mezcal," 5 July 2018 But whiskey, too, has taken a back seat in cocktails like the manhattan and the Boulevardier. Robert Simonson, New York Times, "Whatever the Cocktail, They’re Ordering It With Mezcal," 5 July 2018 Other Italian treats will include Averna Amaro and Cinzano 1757 for great manhattans. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for something to do? Check out these events in Louisville starting Thursday," 31 Oct. 2017 At this rooftop and terrace bar and restaurant on the Hudson in Jersey City, don’t order a manhattan; just drink in the view. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Cocktails, Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Alike, in Greenwich Village," 24 Apr. 2018 These are the Big Boy Cozy Cocktails that a Husky Man would drink by his prototypical fireside: an old fashioned, a manhattan, a boulevardier. Marian Bull, GQ, "An Old Cuban Is the Cocktail You Need for Sad, Dark Winter Times," 20 Jan. 2018 Most classic cocktails — the martini, manhattan, daiquiri, old fashioned, Rob Roy, margarita, and gin and tonic — do not require more than three ingredients. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "New Book Glorifies the Cocktail Basics," 9 Oct. 2017 Still, the drink, a perfect manhattan, was accepted, and the two talked about their shared interest in design. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, "He Showed Up Dressed as Reba McEntire. That Seemed to Work.," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of manhattan


1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manhattan


Manhattan, borough of New York City

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The first known use of manhattan was in 1884

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