1885–90; perhaps alteration of Martinez (an earlier alternate name of the drink, of disputed orig.), by back formation (taking it as plural), or by association with the vermouth manufacturer Martini, Sola & Co. (later Martini & Rossi) Unabridged


[mahr-tee-nee; Italian mahr-tee-nee]
Simone [see-maw-ne] , 1283–1344, Italian painter. Unabridged
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Martini1 (mɑːˈtiːnɪ)
n , pl -nis
1.  trademark an Italian vermouth
2.  a cocktail of gin and vermouth
[C19 (sense 2): perhaps from the name of the inventor]

Martini2 (Italian marˈtiːni)
Simone (siˈmoːne). ?1284--1344, Sienese painter

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Word Origin & History

1894, probably from Martini and Rossi, It. firm that makes vermouth (an ingredient of the drink). Another theory holds that it is a corruption of Martinez, California, town where the drink was said to have originated.
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