I was out for a meal with a few Spanish friends of mine and at one stage during the evening we all "clinked" (?) or touch our glasses together. This is something that is usually done after someone makes a toast.

I was then asked what the term for this was in English and I didn't know. There is a term in Spanish for this, but I am not aware of one in English.

I have asked a few people and some people have suggested "A toast" but I do not believe this is the case.

Can anyone help me with what this is called?

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  • I just saw that one myself! looks like that's probably the answer so. – AidanO Jan 26 '16 at 16:19
  • Just curious, what's the term in Spanish? – Nuclear Wang Jan 26 '16 at 16:20
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    @Matt: "To clink (glasses)" is "chocar (las copas)" in Spanish. – ermanen Jan 26 '16 at 16:39
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    Just FYI @AidanO "chink" (a crack, like in a wall, or in armor) is also a derogatory term for an Asian or Chinese, specifically, so I would avoid using that word for the action of "cheers"ing or toasting even if it were the right spelling! – TylerH Jan 26 '16 at 18:49

The term I've always heard used for this is clinking glasses.

[intransitive, transitive] to make or cause something to make a sharp ringing sound, like that of glasses being hit against each other

  • clinking coins
  • The coins clinked into the slot in the machine.
  • clink something They clinked glasses and drank to each other's health.

—Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Here's a quote from the "Ettiquette International" web page about toasting, which uses the word:

End on a positive note. A toast should always be upbeat. Lead your audience to a conclusion with a generally accepted gesture like "Raise your glass" or clinking.


A toast means you lift up your glass and say something to those present. And it may not include clinking/touching glasses at all. Similarly, you can clink glasses with someone, and have no toast at all. Clinking glasses means you lightly touch your glass to someone else's glass.


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