A variety of different cocktails.
- The definition of a cocktail is a mix of different liquors and other liquids, or an appetizer, or a mixture of drugs.
- A vodka and orange juice drink called a screwdriver is an example of a cocktail.
- Shrimp served chilled with a spicy sauce is an example of a cocktail.
- A mix of different drugs and medications used to treat an illness is an example of a cocktail.
- ☆ any of various alcoholic drinks made of a distilled liquor mixed as with wine, fruit juice, or soda water and usually iced
- ☆ an appetizer served at the beginning of a meal, as fruit juice, tomato juice, diced fruits, or seafood with a sharp sauce
- Med. a liquid medication consisting of a mixture of various substances, often including a drug
Origin of cocktail; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- a horse with a docked tail
- a horse of impure breed
Origin of cocktail; from cock + tail
- Any of various mixed alcoholic drinks consisting usually of brandy, whiskey, vodka, or gin combined with fruit juices or other liquors and often served chilled.
- An appetizer made by combining pieces of food, such as fruit or seafood: fruit cocktail; shrimp cocktail.
- Medicine a. A mixture of drugs, usually in solution, for the diagnosis or treatment of a condition.b. A treatment regimen that includes a combination of several drugs, so that their combined effect is more potent than that of any of the drugs used individually.
- Of or relating to cocktails: a cocktail glass; a cocktail party.
- Suitable for wear on semiformal occasions: a cocktail dress.
Origin of cocktailOrigin unknown.
- A mixed alcoholic beverage.
- They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
- A mixture of other substances.
- Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.
- a cocktail of illegal drugs
- A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in its veins.
- (UK, slang, dated) A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward.
- A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.
Unknown, many unproven stories exist. The word first appeared in 1806 (see citation below). The non-drink sense is by extension of the drink sense.