from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Martini, Simone 1283?-1344. Italian painter whose work is representative of the Sienese Gothic style.
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- n. A breech mechanism for a rifle.
- n. A type of rifle using similar features.
- n. Alternative capitalization of martini (a cocktail made with gin or vodka and vermouth).
- n. A brand of Italian vermouth available in several versions, from the Martini e Rossi company.
So is there a difference between a martini and a Martini?
"Noilly Prat is a necessary component of a dry martini," wrote the novelist and Martini connoisseur W. Somerset Maugham in 1958.
We will probably have our Christmas dinner this year at one of the pricey, but elegant dinner houses here, where they cater to foreign tastes, and they know how to make a good dry Gin Martini, Doris always makes me drink a few of them when we go to a nice place.
Threading through the installation, the work of Arturo Martini is a standout.
Martini is often guilty of overdescription -- three pages of the businesswoman handing her keys to a valet parking attendant.
WonderBaby in Martini Fog (if HBM still drank martinis, which she does not, because she has been rendered weak, weak, in this and certain other respects, by motherhood.)
For years before the conclave reform-minded Catholics had put their hopes in Martini, the archbishop emeritus of Milan.
I agree with JLW that "Pomegranate Martini" is a contradiction in terms.
The Martini is a trial of tastes - like Guinness, it's not for the weak.
But the world-weary sophisticates for whom the Martini is a violet-hour balm will want to look elsewhere for the cocktail component, perhaps trying the dry French vermouths from Boissiere or Dolin.