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[mahr-tee-nee] /mɑrˈti ni/
noun, plural martinis.
a cocktail made with gin or vodka and dry vermouth, usually served with a green olive or a twist of lemon peel.
Origin of martini
First recorded in 1885-90; perhaps alteration of Martinez (an earlier alternate name of the drink, of disputed orig.), by back formation (taking it as plural), or by association with the vermouth manufacturer Martini, Sola & Co. (later Martini & Rossi)


[mahr-tee-nee; Italian mahr-tee-nee] /mɑrˈti ni; Italian mɑrˈti ni/
[see-maw-ne] /siˈmɔ nɛ/ (Show IPA),
1283–1344, Italian painter. Unabridged
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  • While he lay kicking on his back up comes his mother, so I reloaded my old martini and gave her one for herself.

  • Hans and Mashune had also each a martini rifle and some cartridges, not many.

    Hunter Quatermain's Story H. Rider Haggard
  • Beside one Boer was found one of the old martini rifles taken from the 52nd at Majuba.

    Ladysmith H. W. Nevinson
  • His rifle was a sporting martini, and he had an ample supply of ammunition.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • As I live and breathe, it is a bottle of martini which Jonas has thoughtfully prepared against the cold.

    Rollo in Society George S. Chappell
British Dictionary definitions for martini


noun (pl) -nis
trademark an Italian vermouth
a cocktail of gin and vermouth
Word Origin
C19 (sense 2): perhaps from the name of the inventor


/Italian marˈtiːni/
Simone (siˈmoːne). ?1284–1344, Sienese painter
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Word Origin and History for martini

1891, short for Martini cocktail (1886), perhaps from Martini & Rossi, Italian firm that makes vermouth (an ingredient of the drink); the firm was in existence then by that name, but it is not specified among the ingredients in the earliest recipes (e.g. Harry Johnson's "Bartender's Manual," 1888). Another theory holds that it is a corruption of Martinez, California, town where the drink was said to have originated. See discussion in Lowell Edmunds' book "Martini, Straight Up" (1998).

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