Definition of cup noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kʌp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kʌp//
    In the kitchen
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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 in the US; a metal or plastic container used to measure this quantity two cups of flour and half a cup of butter See related entries: In the kitchen
  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] (also 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, uncountable] a drink made from wine mixed with, for example, fruit juice
  9. 9[countable] (North American English) (in golf) a hollow in the ground that you must get the ball into
  10. 10[countable] (North American English) a piece of plastic that a man wears over his sex organs to protect them while he is playing a sport
  11. Word OriginOld English: from popular Latin cuppa, probably from Latin cupa ‘tub’.Extra examples Customers don’t like drinking out of plastic cups. Enrique stirred his fourth cup of coffee of the day. He lifted the cup for the sixth time this year. I drink about ten cups of coffee a day. I like a good strong cup of tea first thing in the morning. I’m making tea. Can I pour you a cup? My coffee was cold, so I ordered a fresh cup. She raised her cup to her lips. She was so thirsty that she drained her cup. The cup will be presented to the winning team by the president himself. The team are ready for next week’s World Cup clash with Italy. They were the first Turkish team to win a major cup competition. Who won the cup? You sit down and I’ll make you a nice cup of tea. the Ryder Cup competition She has won several cups for skating. Sunderland beat Port Vale at the beginning of their cup run = a series of winning games in a competition to win a cup. They lost to Portugal in the World Cup quarter finals. They were the surprise winners of last year’s America’s Cup. We were leading 1–0 in the cup final. Will Liverpool secure a place in next year’s UEFA Cup?Idioms (old-fashioned) having drunk too much alcohol He gets very maudlin when he's in his cups.
    not somebody’s cup of tea
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    (informal) not what somebody 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
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    (saying) nothing is completely certain until it really happens because things can easily go wrong
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cup