noun, often capitalized
man·​hat·​tan | \ man-ˈha-tᵊn How to pronounce manhattan (audio) , mən- \

Definition of manhattan

: a cocktail consisting of vermouth, whiskey, and sometimes a dash of bitters

Examples of manhattan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the menu here was largely devoted to classic cocktails — everything from a manhattan to a gin fizz to a whisky sour. Esther Mobley,, 17 Oct. 2019 He was known for his keen intellect, wry wit, excellent manhattans and blueberry pancakes., 13 Oct. 2019 This human riffed on a manhattan and named it a confused human, a dry and malty brew: Jack Daniel’s, Cinzano sweet vermouth, lemonade, cherry syrup and a lemon slice immaculately sectioned by the robot. WSJ, 3 Oct. 2018 Image Bartenders are happy to report that Americans are ordering the classic cocktails: manhattans, old-fashioneds, daiquiris and so forth. Robert Simonson, New York Times, 5 July 2018 But whiskey, too, has taken a back seat in cocktails like the manhattan and the Boulevardier. Robert Simonson, New York Times, 5 July 2018 Other Italian treats will include Averna Amaro and Cinzano 1757 for great manhattans. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 31 Oct. 2017 At this rooftop and terrace bar and restaurant on the Hudson in Jersey City, don’t order a manhattan; just drink in the view. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2018 These are the Big Boy Cozy Cocktails that a Husky Man would drink by his prototypical fireside: an old fashioned, a manhattan, a boulevardier. Marian Bull, GQ, 20 Jan. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of manhattan

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for manhattan

Manhattan, borough of New York City

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Manhattan geographical name

Man·​hat·​tan | \ man-ˈha-tᵊn How to pronounce Manhattan (audio) , mən- \

Definition of Manhattan

1 city on the Kansas River in the northeast central part of the state of Kansas population 52,281
2 island 13 miles (21 kilometers) long in southeastern New York surrounded by the Hudson River, Harlem River, Spuyten Duyvil Creek, East River, and Upper New York Bay
3 borough of New York City comprising Manhattan Island, several small adjacent islands, and a small area (Marble Hill) on the mainland population 1,585,873

Note: Manhattan contains one of the world's chief financial and commercial areas.

Other Words from manhattan

Manhattanite \ man-​ˈha-​tᵊn-​ˌīt How to pronounce Manhattan (audio) , mən-​ \ noun

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