Meaning of CUP in English

I. ˈkəp noun

Etymology: Middle English cuppe, from Old English, from Late Latin cuppa cup, alteration of Latin cupa tub — more at hive

Date: before 12th century

1. : an open usually bowl-shaped drinking vessel


a. : a drinking vessel and its contents

b. : the consecrated wine of the Communion

3. : something that falls to one's lot

4. : an ornamental cup offered as a prize (as in a championship)

5. : something resembling a cup: as

a. : a cup-shaped plant organ

b. : an athletic supporter reinforced usually with plastic to provide extra protection to the wearer

c. : either of two parts of a brassiere that are shaped like and fit over the breasts

d. : the metal case inside a hole in golf ; also : the hole itself

6. : a usually iced beverage resembling punch but served from a pitcher rather than a bowl

7. : a half pint : eight fluid ounces

8. : a food served in a cup-shaped usually footed vessel

a fruit cup

9. : the symbol ∪ indicating the union of two sets — compare cap 7

• cup·like -ˌlīk adjective

- in one's cups

II. transitive verb

( cupped ; cup·ping )

Date: 14th century

1. : to treat by cupping


a. : to curve into the shape of a cup

cupped his hands around his mouth

b. : to place in or as if in a cup

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.