Cocktail meaning

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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.

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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.
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An appetizer made by combining pieces of food, such as fruit or seafood.

Fruit cocktail; shrimp cocktail.

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Of or relating to cocktails.

A cocktail glass; a cocktail party.

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Suitable for wear on semiformal occasions.

A cocktail dress.

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Any of various alcoholic drinks made of a distilled liquor mixed as with wine, fruit juice, or soda water and usually iced.
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An appetizer served at the beginning of a meal, as fruit juice, tomato juice, diced fruits, or seafood with a sharp sauce.
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Any combination or collection of ingredients, esp. one of ingredients regarded as incompatible or markedly different.
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A medication, typically liquid, consisting of a mixture of various substances.
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A horse with a docked tail.
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A horse of impure breed.
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A mixture of drugs, usually in solution, administered together or sequentially.
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A medical 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.
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They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.

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A mixture of other substances.

Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.

A cocktail of illegal drugs.

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A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in its veins.

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(UK, slang, dated) A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward.
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A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.
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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.

    From Wiktionary