Martini [mahr-tee-nee; Italian mahr-tee-nee] noun

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

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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