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

  • n. A small open container, usually with a flat bottom and a handle, used for drinking.
  • n. Such a container and its contents.
  • n. A unit of capacity or volume equal to 16 tablespoons or 8 fluid ounces (237 milliliters). See Table at measurement.
  • n. The bowl of a drinking vessel.
  • n. The chalice or the wine used in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • n. A decorative cup-shaped vessel awarded as a prize or trophy.
  • n. Sports A golf hole or the metal container inside a hole.
  • n. Either of the two parts of a brassiere that fit over the breasts.
  • n. An athletic supporter having a protective reinforcement of rigid plastic or metal.
  • n. A sweetened, flavored, usually chilled beverage, especially one made with wine: claret cup.
  • n. A dish served in a cup-shaped vessel: fruit cup.
  • n. A cuplike object.
  • n. Biology A cuplike structure or organ.
  • n. A lot or portion to be suffered or enjoyed.
  • transitive v. To place in or as in a cup.
  • transitive v. To shape like a cup: cup one's hand.
  • transitive v. To subject to the therapeutic procedure of cupping.
  • idiom cup of tea Something that one excels in or enjoys: Opera is not my cup of tea.
  • idiom cup of tea A matter to be reckoned or dealt with: Recreational sport is relaxing. Professional sport is another cup of tea altogether.
  • idiom in (one's) cups Intoxicated; drunk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass).
  • n. A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
  • n. A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
  • n. A contest for which a cup is awarded.
  • n. A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
  • n. A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
  • n. One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
  • n. The symbol denoting union and similar operations (confer cap.)
  • n. A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
  • n. A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
  • n. A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup).
  • v. To form into the shape of a cup, particularly of the hands.
  • v. To hold something in cupped hands.
  • v. To supply with cups of wine.
  • v. To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping.
  • v. To make concave or in the form of a cup.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. The contents of such a vessel; a cupful.
  • n. Repeated potations; social or excessive indulgence in intoxicating drinks; revelry.
  • n. That which is to be received or indured; that which is allotted to one; a portion.
  • n. Anything shaped like a cup.
  • n. A cupping glass or other vessel or instrument used to produce the vacuum in cupping.
  • transitive v. To supply with cups of wine.
  • transitive v. To apply a cupping apparatus to; to subject to the operation of cupping. See Cupping.
  • transitive v. To make concave or in the form of a cup.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To fit concavely over a contiguous leaf. See cupping, 4.
  • n. A small vessel used to contain liquids generally; a drinking-vessel; a chalice.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Eccles., the chalice from which the wine is dispensed in the sacrament of the Lord's supper.
  • n. 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.
  • n. [capitalized] The constellation Crater.
  • n. Something formed like a cup: as, the cup of an acorn, of a flower, etc.
  • n. 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.
  • n. In steam-boilers, one of a series of depressions or domes used to increase the amount of heating surface.
  • n. A cupping-glass.
  • n. A small vessel of determinate size for receiving the blood during venesection.
  • n. The quantity contained in a cup; the contents of a cup: as, a cup of tea.
  • n. Suffering to be endured; evil which falls to one's lot; portion: from the idea of a bitter or poisonous draught from a cup.
  • n. 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.
  • n. plural The drinking of intoxicating liquors; a drinking-bout; intoxication.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put into a cup
  • n. a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
  • n. the quantity a cup will hold
  • n. the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
  • v. treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin
  • n. a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
  • v. form into the shape of a cup
  • n. a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
  • n. any cup-shaped concavity
  • n. a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
  • n. cup-shaped plant organ


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.



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