mar·​ti·​ni mär-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce martini (audio)
: a cocktail made of gin and dry vermouth
also : vodka martini

Examples of martini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cheeky menu even offers an option to send ketchup to the neighboring — and famously anti-ketchup — Father’s Office, listed at market price, while the also-playful cocktails include riffs on glühwein and espresso martinis. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 30 Jan. 2024 Over 700 guests sipped and guzzled espresso martinis and delectable hors d'oeuvres, with lively tunes courtesy of DJ Jade Croo. Maia Torres, Vogue, 26 Jan. 2024 In the end, the two appeared side by side in human-sized martini glasses. Carita Rizzo, Rolling Stone, 9 Jan. 2024 The festival’s founder says traditional beer cocktails like a pilsner with grenadine or lemonade are as old school as the martini. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 The next time you’re tempted to request an espresso martini, ask for a carajillo instead. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 24 Jan. 2024 The typical gin martini or whiskey Manhattan, for instance, is 2 ½ ounces of 90-proof (or higher) product. Jeff Burkhart, The Mercury News, 18 Jan. 2024 Von Teese appears alongside the pop superstar in one segment, recreating the burlesque star’s sultry dance, with both women teasingly pull off a stocking before sensually dousing themselves with liquid squeezed from giant olives while in the martini glasses. Anna Chan, Billboard, 8 Jan. 2024 This peppermint martini recipe uses three kinds of liquors and a few minty ingredients. Christine Fiorentino, Southern Living, 11 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of Martinez (cocktail), from the name Martinez

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of martini was in 1890

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Cite this Entry

“Martini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


mar·​ti·​ni mär-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce martini (audio)
: a cocktail consisting of gin and dry vermouth

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Mar·​ti·​ni mär-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce Martini (audio)
Simone circa 1284–1344 Italian painter

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