Definition of Martini in English:



  • 1trademark mass noun A type of vermouth produced in Italy.

    • ‘Pour in Martini & Rossi dry vermouth until the glass is one third full.’
    • ‘The offender continued his drinking consuming more cider, lager and a bottle of Martini.’
    • ‘‘He had drunk a litre of vodka, half a bottle of Martini and alcopops, too,’ she said.’
    • ‘In her younger days she was a keen rider and sportswoman and always drank a glass of Martini before lunch.’
    • ‘Faulkner orders double shots of Martini and Rossi Sweet Vermouth.’
  • 2A cocktail made from gin (or vodka) and dry vermouth, typically garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon.

    • ‘In combinations that may make purists shudder, cordials are more popular than ever as featured ingredients in mainstream Martinis and Margaritas.’
    • ‘It's just what they are used to - some people drink Martinis all the way through the meal!’
    • ‘There's still a demand for new and different types of Martinis.’
    • ‘Hot drinks aren't as likely to sell on their own as more familiar cocktails like Martinis.’
    • ‘Wine and champagne are popular with the post-work suits who pack in after six, but uniformed staff make great Martinis and Mojitos at any time which is what the hip and cool late nighters tend to drink.’
    • ‘The two-unit operation is known for its Martinis, but has a respectable beer list with eight draft and 35 bottled beers.’
    • ‘We sell more Cuervo Gold Margaritas and house Martinis from our own cocktail list than anything.’
    • ‘Today, the fight is to be noticed, and Margaritas, Mojitos, and Martinis are the beverage weapons of choice.’
    • ‘And the cocktails - well I have to say the Martinis are just great - lovingly made and tasty.’
    • ‘We sell a lot of Martinis, they're extremely popular.’
    • ‘The space is for fine dining from 7.30 pm until 11 pm after which it turns into a club-lounge where Martinis and Manhattans flow like desert wine and the glamorous hit the dance floor.’
    • ‘In the left-hand corner, behind the front door, a gaggle of New York ladies sipping gins and Martinis are deep in some conspiratorial gossip.’
    • ‘We ordered a few Martinis which were promptly delivered (in frozen glasses) by the friendliest waiter I have ever encountered…’
    • ‘Other's enjoy their Martinis poured with gin into a glass in the shadow of the vermouth bottle.’
    • ‘Just as some prefer their Martinis dry, others want more vermouth flavor.’
    • ‘Because it has so many different types of Martinis, six different Martini glasses are kept on hand, including one with a Z-shaped stem and another with a beaded stem.’
    • ‘But much as I like Martinis, Manhattans and Negronis, there are several reasons I find myself returning to the sweet and sour category of drinks.’
    • ‘For example, operators report a decline in bottled beer sales, but strong growth in Martinis.’
    • ‘Other restaurants around the country are mixing it up with Martinis and other cocktails.’
    • ‘Plush, elegant and refined, its patrons get to lounge in fine leather chairs sipping Champagne specials or fruity Martinis while imagining what life was like in the Belle Epoque.’


Late 19th century: named after Martini and Rossi, an Italian firm selling vermouth.