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 The seafood towers are impressive and the martinis are ice-cold, but toasted coconut cream pie with a shortbread crust is the only way to round out dinner in this panoramic dining room. Mike Sutter,, "Critics pick: 25 best San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Honey buttermilk fried chicken, a voodoo shrimp martini and white sea bass crudo served with a glass of Erata Pinot Noir at Tavern House Kitchen + Bar.(Spencer Grant) A New American eatery with enviable harbor views recently opened in Newport Beach. Daily Pilot, "On Food: Coastal cuisine with harbor views at Newport’s Tavern," 3 Oct. 2019 The menu features sushi, as well as burgers, pork sliders and specialty cocktails like a lychee martini and spicy tamarind margarita. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown San Diego cinema now comes with a rooftop bar — and sushi," 22 Aug. 2019 Order: Bone marrow clam chowder, tripe and octopus stew, the Asado Argentino, a pickle-vodka Dirty Grandma Agnes martini or the beet juice and bourbon Ox Blood cocktail, hazelnut brown butter torte. Michael Russell,, "Ox is a wood-fired Argentinian steakhouse in Northeast Portland (2019 review)," 1 Aug. 2019 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

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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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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Martini.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 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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