[ mahr-tee-nee ]
/ mɑrˈti ni /

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.

Nearby words

  1. martinelli,
  2. martinelli, giovanni,
  3. martinet,
  4. martinez,
  5. martingale,
  6. martini, simone,
  7. martini-henry,
  8. martinican,
  9. martinique,
  10. martinmas

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 /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for martini


/ (mɑːˈtiːnɪ) /

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


/ (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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