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 McConaughey, at Marble Distilling This drink is a fun twist on The Dude martini at Marble Distilling, a craft distillery and luxury boutique inn on Main Street in Carbondale. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "16 over-the-top Colorado hot chocolates — some packed with booze — to get you through the winter," 18 Dec. 2019 Channel your inner 007 by stocking your bar cart with everything that's needed for the perfect martini. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How to Deck Out Your Bar Cart for Three Kinds of Party," 5 Dec. 2019 Among the appealing cocktails is the clever Lemon Tiny, a $3 minidrink that’s essentially a more floral play on the lemon drop martini, made with gin, citrus and a hint of orange liqueur, garnished with compressed cucumber. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Good Fortune restaurant combines clubby good looks with a neighborhood vibe," 15 Nov. 2019 Russia offers an enduring thrill: the dirty martini. By Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "Around the World in 12 Cocktails," 28 Sep. 2019 The bar opened the day Prohibition ended, and the martini hasn’t changed since. Jamie Feldmar, Los Angeles Times, "Something shaken, something stirred: the martinis of Los Angeles," 25 Sep. 2019 Pat knew how to make the perfect dirty martini, run a small motel chain and could even walk in heels while wearing a full white feather headdress., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 It can be mixed with ginger ale or used as the core ingredient of a counterintuitive-seeming concoction: the virgin martini. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The New Sobriety," 15 June 2019 There, he was credited with creating the Corpse Reviver #2 and popularizing the dry martini along with crafting one of the most timeless cocktail books in history. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "12 Cocktail Books to Improve Your Bartending Skills," 9 Nov. 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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The first known use of martini was in 1894

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6 Jan 2020

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“Martini.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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