- a small, open container made of china, glass, metal, etc., usually having a handle and used chiefly as a receptable from which to drink tea, soup, etc.
- the bowllike part of a goblet or the like.
- a cup with its contents.
- the quantity contained in a cup.
- a unit of capacity, equal to 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters) or 16 tablespoons; half-pint.
- an ornamental bowl, vase, etc., especially of precious metal, offered as a prize for a contest.
- any of various beverages, as a mixture of wine and various ingredients: claret cup.
- the chalice used in the Eucharist.
- the wine of the Eucharist.
- something to be partaken of or endured; one's portion, as of joy or suffering.
- cups, the drinking of intoxicating liquors.
- any cuplike utensil, organ, part, cavity, etc.
- either of the two forms that cover and usually support the breasts in a brassiere or other garment, as a bathing suit.
- an athletic supporter reinforced with rigid plastic or metal for added protection.
- the metal receptacle within the hole.
- the hole itself.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Crater.
- cupping glass.
- Metalworking. a cylindrical shell closed at one end, especially one produced in the first stages of a deep-drawing operation.
- Mathematics. the cuplike symbol ∪, used to indicate the union of two sets.Compare union(def 10a).
- in one's cups, intoxicated; drunk.
Origin of cup
Related Words for cupsmug, drink, bowl, beaker, potion, chalice, grail, vessel, teacup, cannikin, goblet, stein, tumbler, draught, cupful, taster, demitasse
Examples from the Web for cups
Contemporary Examples of cups
Mormons sip from cups of water, Catholics from chalices of wine.The Midichlorians Made Me Do It: Can Microbes Explain Religion?
August 10, 2014
In its finest World Cup victory, a valiant U.S. team gets revenge on the country that knocked it out of the last two cups.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana
June 17, 2014
Jazz helps sell millions of cups of coffee, but sales of jazz records are in dire need of a caffeine jolt.Jazz (The Music of Coffee and Donuts) Has Respect, But It Needs Love
June 15, 2014
HydrateYou know the drill: 64 ounces, two quarts, eight cups.Short on Zzz’s? 15 Research-Backed Sleep Hacks
May 9, 2014
Archeological excavations have yielded many examples of ancient Israelite cups and they are made of cheap durable fabrics.Spain’s New ‘Holy Grail’: Jesus Couldn’t Afford That Kind of Bling
April 6, 2014
Historical Examples of cups
His name was Cup and he too had inherited his land from a hundred other Cups who had gone before.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
It is for me to fill your cups again, since you have drained them to my dear lads of the white jerkin.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She fairly put us into chairs, and brought us cups of something—I don't know what.The Bacillus of Beauty
She went to the scullery and returned with cups and saucers which she put on the table.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
He drank three cups of tea, but abstained from food entirely.The Secret Agent
- a small open container, usually having one handle, used for drinking from
- the contents of such a containerthat cup was too sweet
- Also called: teacup, cupful a unit of capacity used in cooking equal to approximately half a pint, 8 fluid ounces, or about one quarter of a litre
- something resembling a cup in shape or function, such as the flower base of some plants of the rose family or a cuplike bodily organ
- either of two cup-shaped parts of a brassiere, designed to support the breasts
- a cup-shaped trophy awarded as a prize
- a sporting contest in which a cup is awarded to the winner
- (as modifier)a cup competition
- a mixed drink with one ingredient as a base, usually served from a bowlclaret cup
- golf the hole or metal container in the hole on a green
- the chalice or the consecrated wine used in the Eucharist
- one's lot in life
- in one's cups drunk
- one's cup of tea informal one's chosen or preferred thing, task, company, etcshe's not my cup of tea
- to form (something, such as the hands) into the shape of a cup
- to put into or as if into a cup
- archaic to draw blood to the surface of the body of (a person) by using a cupping glass
Word Origin for cup
Word Origin and History for cups
late 14c., "to draw blood by cupping," from cup (n.). Meaning "to form a cup" is from 1830. Related: Cupped; cupping.
Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa "cup" (source of Italian coppa, Spanish copa, Old French coupe "cup"), from Latin cupa "tub, cask, tun, barrel," from PIE *keup- "a hollow" (cf. Sanskrit kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Greek kype "a kind of ship," Old Church Slavonic kupu, Lithuanian kaupas).
The Late Latin word was borrowed throughout Germanic; cf. Old Frisian kopp "cup, head," Middle Low German kopp "cup," Middle Dutch coppe, Dutch kopje "cup, head." German cognate Kopf now means exclusively "head" (cf. French tête, from Latin testa "potsherd"). Meaning "part of a bra that holds a breast" is from 1938. [One's] cup of tea "what interests one" (1932), earlier used of persons (1908), the sense being "what is invigorating."
- A cup-shaped structure or organ.
- cupping glass
- A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces.
- To subject a person or body part to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
Idioms and Phrases with cups
In addition to the idiom beginning with cup
- cup of tea, one's
- in one's cups