mar·ti·ni | \mär-ˈtē-nē \

Definition of martini 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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


biographical name
Mar·ti·ni | \mär-ˈtē-nē \

Definition of Martini (Entry 2 of 2)

Simone circa 1284–1344 Italian painter

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The thirsty can avail themselves of an extensive collection of beers and cocktails (our bartender’s finesse with a classic martini and Manhattan commanded respect). Tim Smith,, "Mt. Washington Tavern maintains its appeal with vibrant food, lively spaces," 14 June 2018 One friend goes big with a platinum martini, at $13.50 the priciest drink on the menu, made with Martuni’s top shelf: either Russian Standard Platinum vodka or Bombay Sapphire gin. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Show tunes and strong drinks at Martuni’s, one of San Francisco’s last piano bars," 8 Mar. 2018 For those looking for something without kombucha, try the Water Tower martini with watermelon, mint and tequila. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "New summer cocktail menus make the most of seasonal herbs and produce," 7 June 2018 On the strength of this flimsy star vehicle, Rhys Meyers will not be sipping dry martinis in a tuxedo any time soon. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018 Gulp down a martini and pray to hear a Jody Watley or Paula Abdul B-side before heading out to the crowded patio. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "11 top gay bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 18 June 2018 John - also known as Jack, Jake, and Pete - was devoted to his beloved wife Sandra, and was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and his cherished alma mater, Williams College in Williamstown, MA, not to mention a good gin martini. Hartford Courant,, "John A. Peterson Jr.," 18 Jan. 2018 Luckily, their basil drop martinis are an effective antidote. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: West Coast to China from $404 Round-Trip," 11 Jan. 2018 His weapon is reliable, his Aston Martin is fast, his suit is impeccable, and his Belvedere martini is simple. Esquire Editors, Esquire, "Dressed to Kill: Exploring James Bond's Classic Style," 3 Nov. 2015

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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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