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

Examples of martini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Just light a nice cigar, pour yourself a good three fingers of single malt Scotch, or a stiff martini with garlic/anchovy olives, and sit. John Kass,, "Backyard gardening, step one: Have a drink and just stare at the dirt," 9 May 2018 The Martini at Mori Bar Takao Mori, 71, is considered the grandfather of the martini in Japan. Stan Parish, WSJ, "‘Go Beyond Sushi’: Tokyo’s Culinary Gems," 19 June 2018 Half of a martini while on a date in March, and so on. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "How Giving Up Summer Happy Hour Saved My Sanity and My Health," 19 June 2018 Served in a large martini glass, the sundae includes dark chocolate brownies covered in 24-karat gold, and a special sorbet created from Don Perignon rose champagne. Fox News, "The world's most expensive ice cream and frozen treats," 3 Aug. 2016 For coffee lovers, the espresso martini ($15) is a popular choice. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "12 places to celebrate National Martini Day in Phoenix," 19 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'martini.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about martini

Statistics for martini

Last Updated

6 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for martini

The first known use of martini was in 1894

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for martini



English Language Learners Definition of martini

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

More from Merriam-Webster on martini

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with martini Encyclopedia article about martini

Comments on martini

What made you want to look up martini? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


marked by shyness and lack of polish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!