- Molotov cocktail (n.) 1940, a term from Russo-Finnish War (used and satirically named by the Finns), from Molotov (from Rus. molot "hammer") name taken by Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skriabin (1890-1986), Soviet minister of foreign affairs 1939-1949.
Etymology dictionary. 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
Molotov cocktail — n. A home made incendiary device consisting of a bottle filled with gasoline, and a cloth wick. The wick is lighted, and the bottle thrown at a target, such as a vehicle, where it may shatter and spread intense flames over the vehicle, destroying … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Molotov cocktail — ► NOUN ▪ a crude incendiary device consisting of a bottle of flammable liquid ignited by means of a wick. ORIGIN named after the Soviet statesman Vyacheslav Molotov, who organized the production of similar grenades in World War II … English terms dictionary
Molotov cocktail — n. [after MOLOTOV V(yacheslav) M(ikhailovich)] Slang a bottle filled with gasoline, etc. and wrapped in a saturated rag or plugged with a wick, then ignited and hurled as a grenade … English World dictionary
Molotov cocktail — index bomb Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 … Law dictionary
Molotov cocktail — A Finnish soldier with a Molotov cocktail in the Winter War. The Molotov cocktail, also known as the petrol bomb, gasoline bomb, Molotov bomb, fire bottle, fire bomb, or simply Molotov, is a generic name used for a variety of improvised… … Wikipedia
Molotov Cocktail — The antitank weapon called a Molotov cocktail was not named to honor Molotov. Although how it was so dubbed is a matter of dispute, it is believed to have been named by the Finns during the Russo Finnish War of 1939 1940 as a satirical honor… … Dictionary of eponyms
Molotov cocktail — UK [ˌmɒlətɒf ˈkɒkteɪl] / US [ˈmɑlətɔf ˌkɑkteɪl] / US [ˈmoʊlətɔv ˌkɑkteɪl] noun [countable] Word forms Molotov cocktail : singular Molotov cocktail plural Molotov cocktails a simple bomb consisting of a bottle filled with a liquid that you can set … English dictionary
Molotov cocktail — [[t]mɒ̱lətɒv kɒ̱kteɪl[/t]] Molotov cocktails N COUNT A Molotov cocktail is a simple bomb made by putting petrol and cloth into a bottle. It is exploded by setting fire to the cloth … English dictionary
Molotov cocktail — noun Etymology: Vyacheslav M. Molotov Date: 1940 a crude bomb made of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid (as gasoline) and usually fitted with a wick (as a saturated rag) that is ignited just before the bottle is hurled … New Collegiate Dictionary
Molotov cocktail — a crude incendiary grenade consisting of a bottle filled with a flammable liquid and a wick that is ignited before throwing: used originally for setting fire to enemy tanks during the Spanish Civil War. [1935 40; named after V. M. MOLOTOV] * * * … Universalium