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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun cup:

conversational speech73.53%task-oriented speech26.47%

Cup is sometimes a misspelling of cups.

The word cup is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun cup

What does cup mean as a name of something?

Cup is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: cups

  1. a small open container usually used for drinking; usually has a handle
    • examples: he put the cup back in the saucer | the handle of the cup was missing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: container = any object that can be used to hold things; crockery / dishware = tableware (eating and serving dishes) collectively
    • more specific terms:
  2. the quantity a cup will hold
    • examples: he drank a cup of coffee | he borrowed a cup of sugar
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • synonym of cup: cupful
    • more generic word: containerful = the quantity that a container will hold
  3. any cup-shaped concavity
    • examples: bees filled the waxen cups with honey | he wore a jock strap with a metal cup | the cup of her bra
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • more generic terms: concave shape / concavity / incurvation / incurvature = a shape that curves or bends inward
  4. a United States liquid unit equal to 8 fluid ounces
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic term: United States liquid unit = a liquid unit officially adopted in the United States Customary System
    • part of: pint = a United States liquid unit equal to 16 fluid ounces
    • part: gill = a United States liquid unit equal to 4 fluid ounces
  5. cup-shaped plant organ
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic term: plant organ = a functional and structural unit of a plant or fungus
    • more specific terms: acorn cup / cupule = cup-shaped structure of hardened bracts at the base of an acorn
  6. a punch served in a pitcher instead of a punch bowl
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: punch = an iced mixed drink usually containing alcohol and prepared for multiple servings
    • more specific terms:
      • champagne cup = a punch containing a sparkling wine
      • claret cup = a punch made of claret and brandy with lemon juice and sugar and sometimes sherry or curacao and fresh fruit
  7. the hole (or metal container in the hole) on a golf green
    • examples: he swore as the ball rimmed the cup and rolled away | put the flag back in the cup
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: hole = an opening deliberately made in or through something
  8. a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
    • example: the school kept the cups is a special glass case
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of cup: loving cup
    • more generic words: prize / trophy = something given as a token of victory
    • more specific term: Davis Cup = cup awarded for the annual international team tennis competition

Alternative definition of the noun cup


  1. A concave vessel for drinking from, usually made of opaque material (as opposed to a glass).
    • coordinate terms: mug
  2. A US unit of liquid measure equal to 8 fluid ounces, 1/16 of a US gallon, or 236.5882365 ml.
  3. A trophy in the shape of an oversized cup.
  4. A contest for which a cup is awarded.
  5. [golf] A cup-shaped object placed in the target hole.
  6. [US] A rigid concave protective covering for the male genitalia. (for UK usage see box)
  7. One of the two parts of a brassiere which each cover a breast, used as a measurement of size.
  8. [mathematics] The symbol \cup denoting union and similar operations (confer cap.)
  9. A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or one of the cards from the suit.
  10. (ultimate frisbee) A defensive style characterized by a three player near defense cupping the thrower; or those three players.
  11. A flexible concave membrane used to temporarily attach a handle or hook to a flat surface by means of suction (suction cup.)

Specialised definition of the noun cup

Glossary of sports

a sporting competition in which the winner's prize is a large ornamental cup (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an athletic support reinforced with plastic or metal, worn to protect the male genitals during team sports (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • region: USA

a drinking or decorative container awarded to the winner, made of gold, silver, or other materials, which is used as a victory trophy in sport competitions; also term for the actual competition for the cup. The most well-known cup competitions are the various Cup events in soccer, which use a knock-out system. When home and away games are played, goals scored by the guest team count double. In case of equal scores a decision regarding the victory can be made by overtime play, a repeat of the game, penalty kicks, or a draw. The trophy (cup) either remains in the possession of the winner for one year (challenge cup) or it becomes the possession of the team forever (usually after winning it three times). When the winners of different cup events compete against each other, the event is called a Super Cup. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

an attachment on the wing of a jump that holds the rail

Glossary of sports / golf

a small round cavity or cup on a green into which the ball is bit (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a part of a golf course that consists of a tee, a fairway, and a green with a hole and is a basic element in scoring. A golf course usually has 18 holes; to hit or drive a ball into one of the holes of a golf course (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the plastic or metal casing that lines a hole

Definition of the verb cup

What does cup mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: cupped, cupping

  1. form into the shape of a cup
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: form / shape = give shape or form to
  2. put into a cup
  3. treat by applying evacuated cups to the patient's skin

Specialised definition of the verb cup

Glossary of sports / table tennis

to close the palm on the ball when tossing it up for a serve. Cupping is against the rules, since it can be used to put spin on the ball


The cup is a unit of measurement for volume, used in cooking to measure liquids and bulk foods such as granulated sugar. It is principally used in the United States and Liberia where it is a legally defined unit of measurement. Actual cups used in a household in any country may differ from the cup size used for recipes; standard measuring cups, often calibrated in fluid measure and weights of usual dry ingredients as well as in cups, are available.

  • also known as ถ้วย


"CUP" is a book by Mema Dimitra-Isidora Roussopoulos.

  • also known as "CUP: controlled update propagation in peer-to-peer networks"


"Cup" a.k.a. "The Cup" is a 1999 film directed by Khyentse Norbu. The plot involves two young football-crazed Tibetan refugee novice monks in a remote Himalayan monastery in India who desperately try to obtain a television for the monastery to watch the 1998 World Cup final.


"Cup" is a musical album of Part Chimp.

  • released on (7 years ago)


  1. CUP a.k.a. California University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in California, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1852, it is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Cal U's enrollment was approximately 9,400 in 2010 and has increased the past few years.
  2. Cup a.k.a. General José Francisco Bermúdez Airport is an airport in Carupano, Venezuela.
    • also known as General Jose Francisco Bermudez Airport
    • part of Venezuela

There are other places with in their name, like Optic cup and Seoul World Cup Stadium.


  1. Cup: A cup is a small, open container used for carrying and drinking drinks. It may be made of wood, plastic, glass, clay, metal, stone, china or other materials, and may have a stem, handles or other adornments. Cups are used for drinking across a wide range of cultures and social classes, and different styles of cups may be used for different liquids or in different situations.
  2. Cup a.k.a. Cuban peso is a currency.
  3. Cup a.k.a. Cupeño Language: Cupeño is an extinct Uto-Aztecan language, formerly spoken by the Cupeño people of Southern California, USA, who now speak English.
    • also known as Cupeno language
  4. Cup is a print ad.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Cup

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Google previewProceedings ... (1903)

by Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society

The cup is an elegant specimen of the plain Caroline pattern. It is 6§in. high, with an elaborately moulded foot. Inscription : “ The Communion Cupp of the parish Church of Morlinch.” Marks: 2 ofiic. ; date-letter for 1635 ; maker's mark, an anchor ...

Google previewProceedings (1902)

The cup is an elegant specimen of the plain Caroline pattern. It is 64 in. high, with an elaborately moulded foot. Inscription: “The Communion Cupp of the parish Church of Morlinch.” Marks: 2 offic.; date-letter for 1635; maker's mark, an anchor ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Bengalis (2013)

by Kunal Chakrabarti, Shubhra Chakrabarti

So far, it has won the Calcutta Football League 33 times, and all-India football championships such as the IFA Shield, the Durand Cup, and the Rovers Cup 27 ...

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Quotes about Cup

Have a cup of puppy,
Puppy in a cup.
Brown and slightly sugary,
Puppy in a cup.
Warm, soft and cuddly,
Puppy in a cup.
Don't drink the puppy, silly,
Just pick the puppy up! (Philo Yan)
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Scrabble value of C3U1P3

The value of this 3-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of CUP

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