Origin of martinialtered (prob. as assumed singular ) ; from earlier Martinez: said to have originated in Martinez, Calif.
Origin of martiniAlteration of earlier Martinez (probably influenced by Martini & Rossi, trademark for a brand of vermouth), perhaps after Martinez, a city in western California where it was supposedly invented in the mid-1800s.
- A type of rifle using similar features.
Named for FrÃ©dÃ©ric de Martini (1832-97), Hungarian-born Swiss inventor.
Martini is an Italian name, and in the sense of vermouth is used by the Italian company Martini e Rossi.
In the sense “cocktail with vermouth and either gin or vodka", coined in America in the 19th or 20th century, for which various theories exist - perhaps named for the Italian brand of vermouth, perhaps after Martinez, California, perhaps after an Italian bartender of that name.