cup

A cup is a vessel used for drinking. Your grandmother might make it a habit never to go to bed without a cup of warm milk.

A cup is like a small bowl with a handle. It's also a unit of measurement in cooking — if a recipe calls for a cup of water, it's the same as eight ounces. If you cup your hands, you form them into a cup shape, which you do when you hold a baby bird or cup your hand to whisper to your friend. If you say, "Polka music's not my cup of tea," it means you don't love it.

Primary Meanings of cup

1.
nv
a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
form into the shape of a cup
2.
n
a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
3.
n
the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
4.
n
a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
Full Definitions of cup
1

n a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle

“he put the cup back in the saucer”
“the handle of the cup was missing”
Examples:
Holy Grail
(legend) chalice used by Christ at the Last Supper
Types:
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beaker
a cup (usually without a handle)
chalice, goblet
a bowl-shaped drinking vessel; especially the Eucharistic cup
coffee cup
a cup from which coffee is drunk
Dixie cup, paper cup
a disposable cup made of paper; for holding drinks
grace cup
cup to be passed around for the final toast after a meal
cylix, kylix
a shallow drinking cup with two handles; used in ancient Greece
moustache cup, mustache cup
a drinking cup with a bar inside the rim to keep a man's mustache out of the drink
scyphus
an ancient Greek drinking cup; two handles and footed base
teacup
a cup from which tea is drunk
demitasse
small coffee cup; for serving black coffee
Type of:
container
any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
crockery, dishware
tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively

n a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces

Type of:
United States liquid unit
a liquid unit officially adopted in the United States Customary System

n the quantity a cup will hold

“he drank a cup of coffee”
“he borrowed a cup of sugar”
Synonyms:
cupful
Type of:
containerful
the quantity that a container will hold

n any cup-shaped concavity

“bees filled the waxen cups with honey”
“he wore a jock strap with a metal cup
“the cup of her bra”
Type of:
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
a shape that curves or bends inward

n cup-shaped plant organ

Types:
acorn cup, cupule
cup-shaped structure of hardened bracts at the base of an acorn
Type of:
plant organ
a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus

v form into the shape of a cup

“She cupped her hands”
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v put into a cup

cup the milk”
Type of:
enclose, inclose, insert, introduce, put in, stick in
introduce

v treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin

Synonyms:
transfuse
Type of:
care for, treat
provide treatment for
2

n a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl

Types:
champagne cup
a punch containing a sparkling wine
claret cup
a punch made of claret and brandy with lemon juice and sugar and sometimes sherry or curacao and fresh fruit
Type of:
punch
an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings; normally served in a punch bowl
3

n the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green

“he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away”
“put the flag back in the cup
Type of:
hole
an opening deliberately made in or through something
4

n a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition

“the school kept the cups is a special glass case”
Synonyms:
loving cup
Types:
Davis Cup
cup awarded for the annual international team tennis competition
Type of:
prize, trophy
something given as a token of victory

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