Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small open container, usually with a flat bottom and a handle, used for drinking.
  • noun Such a container and its contents.
  • noun A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters).
  • noun The bowl of a drinking vessel.
  • noun The chalice or the wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • noun A decorative cup-shaped vessel awarded as a prize or trophy.
  • noun Sports A golf hole or the metal container inside a hole.
  • noun Either of the two parts of a brassiere that fit over the breasts.
  • noun An athletic supporter having a protective reinforcement of rigid plastic or metal.
  • noun A sweetened, flavored, usually chilled beverage, especially one made with wine.
  • noun A dish served in a cup-shaped vessel.
  • noun A cuplike object.
  • noun Biology A cuplike structure or organ.
  • noun A lot or portion to be suffered or enjoyed.
  • transitive verb To shape like a cup.
  • transitive verb To place one's curved hand or hands over or around.
  • transitive verb To subject to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
  • idiom (cup of tea) Something that one excels in or enjoys.
  • idiom (cup of tea) A matter to be reckoned or dealt with.
  • idiom (in (one's) cups) Intoxicated; drunk.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fit concavely over a contiguous leaf. See cupping, 4.
  • To supply with cups, as of liquor.
  • To make drunk.
  • To bleed by means of cupping-glasses; perform the operation of cupping upon.
  • To drink.
  • To perform the operation of cupping: as, to cup for inflammation.
  • In golfing, to hit or break the ground with the club when striking the ball.
  • noun A small vessel used to contain liquids generally; a drinking-vessel; a chalice.
  • noun Specifically That part of a drinking-cup or similar vessel which contains the liquid, as distinguished from the stem and foot when these are present.
  • noun Eccles., the chalice from which the wine is dispensed in the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
  • noun A cup-shaped or other vessel of precious metal, or by extension any elaborately wrought piece of plate, offered as a prize to be contended for in yacht- and horse-racing and other sports.
  • noun [capitalized] The constellation Crater.
  • noun Something formed like a cup: as, the cup of an acorn, of a flower, etc.
  • noun Specifically— In botany: The concave fruiting body of angiocarpous lichens and discomycetous fungi: same as discocarp and apothecium. The peridium of a cluster-cup fungus, Æcidium. In golfing, a small cavity or hole in the course, probably made by the stroke of a previous player.
  • noun In steam-boilers, one of a series of depressions or domes used to increase the amount of heating surface.
  • noun A cupping-glass.
  • noun A small vessel of determinate size for receiving the blood during venesection.
  • noun The quantity contained in a cup; the contents of a cup: as, a cup of tea.
  • noun Suffering to be endured; evil which falls to one's lot; portion: from the idea of a bitter or poisonous draught from a cup.
  • noun A drink made of wine, generally iced, sweetened, and flavored according to many different receipts, and sometimes containing many ingredients. The different varieties are named from the chief ingredient, as claret-cup, champagnc-cup, etc.
  • noun plural The drinking of intoxicating liquors; a drinking-bout; intoxication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To supply with cups of wine.
  • transitive verb (Surg.) To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping.
  • transitive verb (Mech.) To make concave or in the form of a cup.
  • noun A small vessel, used commonly to drink from; ; especially, in modern times, the pottery or porcelain vessel, commonly with a handle, used with a saucer in drinking tea, coffee, and the like.
  • noun The contents of such a vessel; a cupful.
  • noun Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry.
  • noun That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa, drinking vessel, perhaps variant of Latin cūpa, tub, cask.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa, probably a form of Latin cūpa ("tub"), from Proto-Indo-European *keup- (“a hollow”). Reinforced in Middle English by Anglo-Norman cupe, from the same Latin source.

Examples

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  • "Ay: but what you don't know, maybe, is that he's been up to Rilla Farm tryin 'to persuade Mrs Bosenna to attend on the Committee-ship an' hand the cup -- his _cup_ -- to the winner."

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  • The Holy Ghost calls it joy (_for the joy which was set before him he endured the cross_), [380] which was not a joy of his reward after his passion, but a joy that filled him even in the midst of his torments, and arose from him; when Christ calls his _calicem_ a cup, and no worse (_Can ye drink of my cup_) [381], he speaks not odiously, not with detestation of it.

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