Language: Old English
Origin: cuppe, from Late Latin cuppa, from Latin cupa 'barrel'


1 noun
cup1 S1 W1

for drinking

[countable]DFU a small round container, usually with a handle, that you use to drink tea, coffee etc [↪ saucer]:
Mathew picked up the cup and sipped his coffee.
She put her cup and saucer down on the table.
tea/coffee cup
Helen took the coffee cups into the kitchen.
paper/plastic/china etc cup
They drank cheap wine from plastic cups.


[countable]DFD the liquid contained inside a cup
cup of
Let's go and have a cup of coffee.
Will you stay for a cup of tea?
Would you like another cup?

amount of liquid/food

a) a unit used in the US for measuring food or liquid in cooking, equal to eight fluid ounces or 237 millilitres:
Mix the butter with 1 cup of powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
b) also cupfulTM the amount of liquid or food that a cup can hold:
Breakfast consisted of half a cup of milk and a dry biscuit.

sport competition

a) [countable] a specially shaped silver container, often with two handles, that is given as a prize in a competition, especially a sports competition:
The president of the club came to present the cup to the winners.
b) [singular]DS a sports competition in which a cup is given as a prize:
They've won the European Cup twice.
Germany's World Cup team

round thing

[countable] something round and hollow that is shaped like a cup:
The flowers' white petals contrast handsomely with their lemon-yellow cups.
acorn cups
cup of
She held it in the cup of her hand.


[countable] American EnglishDSG a hole in the ground that you have to try to hit the ball into in the game of golf


a) the part of a bra that covers a woman's breast
b) American English a jockstrap


[uncountable and countable]DFD British English a mixed alcoholic drink:
He's gone to get me some fruit cup.

not be your cup of tea

spoken to not be the type of thing that you like:
Jazz just isn't my cup of tea - I prefer classical music.

in your cups

British English old-fashioned drunk, or when drunk:
By the time Anthony arrived, Richard was already deep in his cups.

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