- The definition of gin is a form of alcohol distilled from grain and flavored with juniper berries, or a card game that is a two-handed form of rummy, or a machine to remove seeds from cotton, or a specific type of special-purpose machine.
- Alcohol flavored with juniper berries is an example of gin.
- A two-handed form of rummy is an example of gin.
- A machine that separates the cotton fiber from the cotton seeds is an example of a cotton gin.
- A machine for lifting and moving heavy objects is an example of a gin.
A glass of gin and tonic on ice.
gin definition by Webster's New World
- a strong, aromatic alcoholic liquor distilled from rye and other grains and flavored with juniper berries
- a similar liquor differently flavored: sloe gin
- Archaic alcoholic liquor generally
Origin: ; from geneva
- a snare, net, or trap, as for game or fish
- a machine for hoisting heavy objects
- ☆ cotton gin
Origin: Middle English ingenuity, machine, aphetic ; from Old French engin, engine
Origin: uncertain or unknown; perhaps contr. ; from given, influenced, influence uncertain or unknown; perhaps by Scottish preposition gin, by (a certain time)
- to generate, devise, etc.
- to stir up, stimulate, enliven, etc.
Origin: phrase uncertain or unknown; perhaps ; from old slang gin up, to become intoxicated ; from ginger ()
gin definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Alteration of geneva, from Dutch jenever, from Middle Dutch geniver, juniper, from Old French geneivre, from Vulgar Latin *iiniperus, from Latin iūniperus.
- ginˈny adjective
- Any of several machines or devices, especially:a. A machine for hoisting or moving heavy objects.b. A pile driver.c. A snare or trap for game.d. A pump operated by a windmill.
- A cotton gin.
- To remove the seeds from (cotton) with a cotton gin.
- To trap in a gin.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, short for engin, skill; see engine.