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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Again, back at the premiere for A Simple Plan, Lively sprinkled a message about the film in the form of a martini glass on her nails, which was designed by the same nail artist. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Blake Lively’s Nails at the Detective Pikachu Premiere Had a Secret Nod to Ryan Reynolds," 3 May 2019 Beyond an easy morning-after, the practice has been said to reduce inflammation, improve sleep patterns, and give skin a certain lit-from-within glow—all benefits that give that dirty martini habit a serious run for its money. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Here’s Why Anne Hathaway Is Giving Up Alcohol," 22 Jan. 2019 The trailer for A Simple Favor is the best that martinis have looked since Mad Men. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Blake Lively's 'A Simple Favor' Premiere Manicure Had a Hidden Message," 11 Sep. 2018 Before your guests arrive, practice mixing a martini just the way Sinatra liked it: three ounces of Beefeater gin with just a kiss of dry vermouth, served on the rocks with a twist of lemon. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 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

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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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