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

Examples of martini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All your guests need to do is pick their drink of choice, like a martini or an old-fashioned. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Machine Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails," 18 Oct. 2019 Start with a martini, get a cheeseburger, a French dip sandwich and every single side. New York Times, "Where Should You Eat in New York? Go to These Favorite Spots," 26 Sep. 2019 Wash that thought down with a gin martini and pass it on to the next generation, who will perhaps do a better job of realizing the promise implicit in the vision of architects like Eero Saarinen. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "The TWA Hotel revives a magnificent, mid-century vision of the friendly skies," 12 June 2019 And ever the supportive costar (and lover of a clever, hidden message ), Lively just showed up to New York's A Simple Favor premiere with a tiny Swarovski crystal martini on her nails. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Blake Lively's 'A Simple Favor' Premiere Manicure Had a Hidden Message," 11 Sep. 2018 In 2015, the team at Hadley, Mass.-based V-One Vodka even found a way to deep-fry a martini. Leeanne Griffin,, "What’s new to eat at The Big E for 2019? Chocolate ganache on your cream puffs, cheesy creations, and, yes, lots of deep-fried goodness," 23 Aug. 2019 That’s in comparison to, say, London, where the espresso martini is de rigueur at most bars and restaurants, and where they are guzzled with aplomb as a sort of thinking drinking person’s substitute for a vodka Red Bull. Jordan Michelman,, "What’s brewing in Chinatown: a microguide to four unique coffee bars," 21 June 2019 Open for six weeks, the cafe has had no difficulty filling its 90 seats every night, and guests hit the door early for happy hour (4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday), when oysters are $1 and martinis are $7. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Cafe Cancale brings a coastal-French breeze to Wicker Park," 20 June 2019 In my experience, a Mexican Martini is just a double margarita with olive brine and vermouth, served in a martini glass with a toothpick full of olives. Paula Forbes, GQ, "A Mexican Martini Is the Cocktail You Need to Get You Through to Summer," 21 Mar. 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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24 Nov 2019

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“Martini.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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