mar·​ti·​ni | \ mär-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce martini (audio) \

Definition of martini

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: a cocktail made of gin and dry vermouth also : vodka martini


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Mar·​ti·​ni | \ mär-ˈtē-nē How to pronounce Martini (audio) \

Definition of Martini (Entry 2 of 2)

Simone circa 1284–1344 Italian painter

Examples of martini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Apart from its role in a martini or a manhattan, the uses of vermouth remain confusingly vague to most drinkers. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Move over, Aperol spritz: Sunny, breezy California aperitifs are the chic Millennial's new drink of choice," 5 Feb. 2021 The Fleabag and Killing Eve creator appears as a punter at the club in a white 1930s-style suit of her own and sipping a martini, before being led on stage by Styles to reveal matching sequined golfing sweaters. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Harry Styles’s New Video Is a Welcome Dose of New Year Cheer," 1 Jan. 2021 After a day of sightseeing, for instance, guests might treat themselves to a Johri martini, or to an ayurvedic massage at the hotel spa. New York Times, "A Hotel That Pays Tribute to Rajasthani Arts and Crafts," 14 Dec. 2020 Brunch drinks include coffee-blended cocktails like a cold brew old-fashioned or cold brew martini. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Adios, Nosh Bistro. Primo’s Tex-Mex restaurant has opened near Preston Hollow," 23 Nov. 2020 For a lighter take, try the grapefruit basil martini with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit and Rose Vodka, pampelmousse liquor and fresh lemon juice and basil. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Here are 22 restaurants and bars with to-go cocktails around metro Phoenix," 22 June 2020 Make a gift card purchase of $500 or more and receive an elegant martini set, plus an additional gift card worth 10 percent of the purchase. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Ring in 2021 with a bang & a bite," 23 Dec. 2020 Of course, just as calculus was discovered simultaneously by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, the martini may have sprung from multiple cocktail shakers. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Martini’s Contribution to Civilization," 18 Dec. 2020 No one will mistake a cigar chomping woman who sloshes her martini or a back-slapping boss with his belly popping out from an unbuttoned shirt for living people — except, of course, when looking at them in photographs. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The hidden truth of LACMA’s Alex Prager show may drive you to drink," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of martini


1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for martini


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

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The first known use of martini was in 1890

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“Martini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of martini

: an alcoholic drink made with gin and vermouth also : a similar drink made with vodka instead of gin

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