noun, plural mar·ti·nis.

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]


Si·mo·ne [see-maw-ne] /siˈmɔ nɛ/, 1283–1344, Italian painter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for martini

Contemporary Examples of martini

Historical Examples of martini

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

  • His rifle was a sporting Martini, and he had an ample supply of ammunition.

  • Belmont picked up the dead man's Martini and his ammunition-pouch.

    A Desert Drama

    A. Conan Doyle

  • Maputa looked at the sporting Martini, and his eyes glistened.

  • He slipped his boot, and with the naked toe just touched the trigger of his Martini.

    Soldier Stories

    Rudyard Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for martini



noun plural -nis

trademark an Italian vermouth
a cocktail of gin and vermouth

Word Origin for Martini

C19 (sense 2): perhaps from the name of the inventor




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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