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noun cup pronunciation in British English /kʌp/ 
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singularcup
pluralcups
  1. 1
    [countable] a small round container for a drink, usually with a handle

    Henry took the coffee cups into the kitchen.

    She filled my cup with hot tea.

    cups and saucers:

    Where do you keep the cups and saucers?

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    1. a.
      the drink contained in a cup

      I've already had two cups.

      cup of:

      Would you like a cup of coffee?

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    2. b.
      the amount that a cup contains, used in the US as a unit for measuring quantities of food when you are cooking
      cup of:

      Mix one cup of sugar with three cups of flour.

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  2. 3
    [countable] something that is small, round, and has an empty space inside
    the cup of someone's hand:

    She held the sweets in the cup of her hand.

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  3. 4
    [countable] one of the two round parts of a bra that cover a woman's breasts

    What cup size are you?

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  4. 5
    [countable/uncountable] an alcoholic drink made from a mixture of two or more drinks, especially wine and fruit juice

    fruit cup

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  5. 6
    [countable] American a hole in the game of golf
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