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


Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa, drinking vessel, perhaps variant of Latin cūpa, tub, cask.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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