American English

Definition of cup noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a small container shaped like a bowl, usually with a handle, used for drinking tea, coffee, etc. a teacup a coffee cup a cup and saucer a paper cup
  2. 2[countable] the contents of a cup She drank the whole cup. Would you like a cup of tea?
  3. 3[countable] a unit for measuring quantity used in cooking; a metal or plastic container used to measure this quantity two cups of flour and half a cup of butter
  4. 4[countable] a thing shaped like a cup an egg cup
  5. 5[countable] a gold or silver cup on a stem, often with two handles, that is given as a prize in a competition She's won several cups for skating. He lifted the cup for the fifth time this year (= it was the fifth time he had won).
  6. 6[singular] Cup a sports competition in which a cup is given as a prize the World Cup
  7. 7[countable] one of the two parts of a bra that cover the breast a C cup
  8. 8[countable] (in golf) a hole in the ground that you must get the ball into
  9. 9[countable] a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sex organs to protect them while he is playing a sport
  10. Idioms
    a cup of joe (informal)
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    a cup of coffee
    not somebody's cup of tea (informal)
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    not what someone likes or is interested in An evening at the opera isn't everyone's cup of tea. He's nice enough but not really my cup of tea.
    there's many a slip 'twixt cup and lip (saying)
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    nothing is completely certain until it really happens because things can easily go wrong
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cup