cup / kəp/ • n. 1. a small, bowl-shaped container for drinking from, typically having a handle and used with a matching saucer for hot drinks. ∎ the contents of such a container: a strong cup of tea. ∎ a measure of capacity used in cooking, equal to half a pint—that is, 8 ounces (0.237 l): one cup of butter. ∎ (in church use) a chalice used at the Eucharist. ∎ the wine of the Eucharist. ∎ one's portion or share, as of sorrow or joy: I submit to God's will and drink this cup for his satisfaction. ∎ an ornamental trophy in the form of a cup, usually made of gold or silver and having a stem and two handles. ∎ (cups) one of the suits in a tarot pack.2. a cup-shaped thing, in particular: ∎ either of the two parts of a bra shaped to contain or support one breast. ∎ this as a measure of breast size: she had grown from an A to a C cup in just six months. ∎ a jockstrap having a protective reinforcement of rigid plastic or metal. ∎ Golf the hole on a putting green or the metal container in it.• v. (cupped, cup·ping) [tr.] 1. form (one's hand or hands) into the curved shape of a cup: “Hey!” Dad shouted, with his hands cupped around his mouth. ∎ place the curved hand or hands around: he cupped her face in his hands.2. hist. Med. bleed (someone) by using a glass in which a partial vacuum is formed by heating: Dr. Ross ordered me to be cupped.PHRASES: in one's cups inf. drunk.not one's cup of tea inf. not what one likes or is interested in: cats were not her cup of tea.
cup-and-ring denoting marks cut in megalithic monuments consisting of a circular depression surrounded by concentric rings.
let this cup pass from me an appeal to be released from an ordeal; the allusion is to Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his prayer ‘If it be possible, let this cup pass from me’ (Matthew 26:39). The implication is generally that the ordeal cannot be escaped, and must be endured.
Hence cupboard †sideboard (to hold cups, etc.) XIV; cabinet XVI.
• symbol for Cuban peso (monetary unit)