Cocktail Definition

kŏktāl
cocktails
noun
Any of various alcoholic drinks made of a distilled liquor mixed as with wine, fruit juice, or soda water and usually iced.
Webster's New World
An appetizer served at the beginning of a meal, as fruit juice, tomato juice, diced fruits, or seafood with a sharp sauce.
Webster's New World
Any combination or collection of ingredients, esp. one of ingredients regarded as incompatible or markedly different.
Webster's New World
A medication, typically liquid, consisting of a mixture of various substances.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
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adjective
Of or relating to cocktails.
A cocktail glass; a cocktail party.
American Heritage
Suitable for wear on semiformal occasions.
A cocktail dress.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Cocktail

Noun

Singular:
cocktail
Plural:
cocktails

Origin of Cocktail

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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