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

Definition of martini

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

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He was agitated by an eye injury, but gregarious, sliding an olive out of a martini and making quick work of a rare steak. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Paul Schrader wrestles with the sacred and profane in his new 'First Reformed'," 16 May 2018 Instead, Jukies enjoyed indulging in a three-ingredient delight, the upside-down martini. Southern Living, "Julia Child's Favorite Drink Only Requires Three Ingredients," 26 Apr. 2018 The margarita was below the daiquiri, dry martini, whiskey sour, the Negroni, and the number 1 cocktail on the list, the Old Fashioned, which has come in at the top of the poll for four years in a row. Houston Chronicle, "Houston celebrates 2018 National Margarita Day," 19 Feb. 2018 From that, to having a martini one time at Raoul's, which was just such an interesting scene to just go and sit at the bar, and mayor Bloomberg walked by and gave me a thumbs up. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "St. Vincent Sings "All You Need Is Love" Like You've Never Heard it Before," 13 Sep. 2017 Blake Lively even shows Anna Kendrick how to make a Dukes martini in the movie. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig on Where to Find the Best Suit in London," 14 Sep. 2018 Add ice and stir 30 seconds or until cold; strain into chilled martini glasses. Good Housekeeping, "Christmas Cosmos," 3 Dec. 2013 Do as the locals do and start with a signature martini and an order Galveston Bay oysters. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 Hoffmann killed herself one night by drinking a martini laced with cyanide, Flagg writes. Alexandra Wolfe, WSJ, "I Want You…to Solve the Mystery of the Missing Nude," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of martini


1894, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for martini


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

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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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