Martini definition

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A cocktail made of gin (or vodka) and dry vermouth, usually served with a green olive or lemon twist.
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A cocktail made of gin or vodka and dry vermouth.
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A cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth.

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(sometimes proscribed) Any cocktail served in a cocktail glass, often sweet or fruity and aimed at women.

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A type of rifle using similar features.
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Alternative capitalization of martini (a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth).
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A brand of Italian vermouth available in several versions, from the Martini e Rossi company.
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Noun

Singular:
martini
Plural:
martinis

Origin of martini

  • Alteration 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Martini is an Italian name, and in the sense of vermouth is used by the Italian company Martini e Rossi.

    From Wiktionary

  • Named for Frédéric de Martini (1832-97), Hungarian-born Swiss inventor.

    From Wiktionary

  • See Martini.

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