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Etymology 1[edit]

Named for Frédéric de Martini (1832–97), Hungarian-born Swiss inventor.


Martini (plural Martinis)

  1. (obsolete) A breech mechanism for a rifle.
  2. A type of rifle using similar features.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 96:
      Now the butt of a Martini in the small of your back hurts a great deal

Etymology 2[edit]

A Martini cocktail

Martini is an Italian name, and in the sense of vermouth is used by the Italian company Martini e Rossi.

In the sense “cocktail with vermouth and either gin or vodka”, coined in America in the 19th or 20th century, for which various theories exist – perhaps named for the Italian brand of vermouth, perhaps after Martinez, California, perhaps after an Italian bartender of that name.[1]


Martini (plural Martinis)

  1. Alternative letter-case form of martini (a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth).
  2. A brand of Italian vermouth available in several versions, from the Martini e Rossi company.


  1. ^ Gasnier, Vincent (2007). Drinks. DK Adult. p. 376 suggests that it was named after an Italian bartender at the Knickerbocker Hotel in New York in 1911.



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Martini m (genitive Martini, plural Martinis)

  1. martini (cocktail)

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Martinī ?

  1. nominative plural of Martinus
  2. genitive singular of Martinus
  3. vocative plural of Martinus