noun (often initial capital letter)

a tall drink made with gin, whiskey, rum, or vodka, and lemon or lime juice, soda water, and sugar.

Nearby words

  1. collimator,
  2. collin,
  3. collinear,
  4. collingswood,
  5. collingwood,
  6. collins street farmer,
  7. collins, eddie,
  8. collins, michael,
  9. collins, wilkie,
  10. collins, william

Origin of collins

First recorded in 1940–45; after the proper name Collins




Edward TrowbridgeEddie, 1887–1951, U.S. baseball player.
Michael,1890–1922, Irish revolutionist and patriot.
Michael,born 1930, U.S. astronaut.
William,1721–59, English poet.
(William) Wil·kie [wil-kee] /ˈwɪl ki/, 1824–89, English novelist. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for collins



a tall fizzy iced drink made with gin, vodka, rum, etc, mixed with fruit juice, soda water, and sugar

Word Origin for collins

C20: probably after the proper name Collins



Michael. 1890–1922, Irish republican revolutionary: a leader of Sinn Féin; member of the Irish delegation that negotiated the treaty with Great Britain (1921) that established the Irish Free State
(William) Wilkie. 1824–89, British author, noted particularly for his suspense novel The Moonstone (1868)
William. 1721–59, British poet, noted for his odes; regarded as a precursor of romanticism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for collins



"iced gin drink served in a tall glass" (called a Collins glass), 1940, American English; earlier Tom Collins (by 1878), of uncertain origin. Popular in early 1940s; bartending purists at the time denied it could be based on anything but gin. The surname (12c.) is from a masc. proper name, a diminutive of Col, itself a pet form of Nicholas.

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