cup Definition

  • 1a small, bowl-shaped container for drinking from, typically having a handle
  • 2a unit of measurement for liquid or dry ingredients, equal to half a pint or 8 fluid ounces in the US and about 10 fluid ounces in the UK
  • 3a trophy or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success

Using cup: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cup" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She poured some tea into her cup.

  • Example

    I need two cups of flour for this recipe.

  • Example

    The team won the championship cup.

  • Example

    He received a silver cup for his achievement.

cup Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using cup

  • to have more than enough of something, often used in the context of blessings or good fortune


    My cup runneth over with happiness and love.

  • to propose a toast in honor of someone or something


    Let's raise a cup to the newlyweds!

  • not one's cup of tea

    not something that one enjoys or is interested in


    I'm sorry, but horror movies are just not my cup of tea.

Phrases with cup

  • something that one enjoys or is particularly good at


    Playing chess is not really my cup of tea.

  • an international soccer tournament held every four years


    The World Cup is the most prestigious soccer tournament in the world.

  • a casual meeting between two people, usually for a short period of time


    Let's have a quick cup of coffee and discuss the details.

Origins of cup

from Middle English 'cuppe', from Old English 'copp', probably from Late Latin 'cuppa', possibly from Latin 'cucupa', a word of unknown origin


Summary: cup in Brief

A 'cup' [kʌp] is a small, bowl-shaped container for drinking from, often with a handle. It is also a unit of measurement for liquid or dry ingredients, and a trophy or decorative object awarded for a victory or success. Phrases like 'a cup of tea' and idioms like 'raise a cup to someone' add to its versatility.

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