Martini

[mahr-tee-nee; Italian mahr-tee-nee]
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British Dictionary definitions for simone martini

Martini

1
noun plural -nis
  1. trademark an Italian vermouth
  2. a cocktail of gin and vermouth

Word Origin for Martini

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

Martini

2
noun
  1. Simone (siˈmoːne). ?1284–1344, Sienese painter
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Word Origin and History for simone martini

martini

n.

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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