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.
Fruit cocktail; shrimp cocktail.
A cocktail glass; a cocktail party.
A cocktail dress.
Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.
A cocktail of illegal drugs.
Origin of cocktail
- Origin unknown
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.