- any of various short mixed drinks, consisting typically of gin, whiskey, rum, vodka, or brandy, with different admixtures, as vermouth, fruit juices, or flavorings, usually chilled and frequently sweetened.
- a portion of food, as seafood served with a sauce, a mixture of fruits, or juice, served as the appetizer course of a meal.
- Pharmacology. a beverage or solution concocted of various drugs.
- any eclectic mixture or miscellaneous collection.
- to drink cocktails, especially at a cocktail party: They cocktailed before going to the theater.
- (of women's clothing) styled for semiformal wear: a cocktail dress.
- of, pertaining to, used in, or suitable to the serving of cocktails: cocktail onions; cocktail napkins.
Origin of cocktail1
- a horse with a docked tail.
- a horse that is not a thoroughbred.
- a man of little breeding who passes for a gentleman.
Origin of cocktail2
Examples from the Web for cocktail
The lucky recipient gets to choose from a selection of gifts ranging from cocktail kits to packages of wine and premium spirits.
The Old-Fashioned is the crème of the cocktail crop—according to Don Draper, at least.
She said that her co-star, Alfre Woodard, talked to her about it a cocktail party that night.It’s Time to Stop Hating Katherine Heigl
November 17, 2014
There was a first-class lounge with a sunken well and cocktail bar.The Sexy Dream of the 747
October 26, 2014
Or what if an ingredient in your beer or cocktail machines has gone bad without knowing it?How Much Do You Tip A Robot Bartender?
October 25, 2014
"It's all right, but I'm afraid your cocktail will be tepid," he said.The Education of Eric Lane
Slum lowered his cocktail and turned a disgusted look on him.The Night Riders
The first cocktail you drink will be the signal for me to clear decks for action.
In Trumet a cocktail is a dreadful thing; but here it isn't.
Now had she been thoroughbred, I was all right; as a cocktail, I was all wrong.'Lord Kilgobbin
- any mixed drink with a spirit base, usually drunk before meals
- (as modifier)the cocktail hour
- an appetizer of seafood, mixed fruits, etc
- any combination of diverse elements, esp one considered potent
- (modifier) appropriate for formal occasionsa cocktail dress
- a horse with a docked tail
- an animal of unknown or mixed breeding
- archaic a person of little breeding pretending to be a gentleman
Word Origin and History for cocktail
first attested 1806; H.L. Mencken lists seven versions of its origin, perhaps the most persuasive is French coquetier "egg-cup" (15c.; in English cocktay). In New Orleans, c.1795, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, an apothecary (and inventor of Peychaud bitters) held Masonic social gatherings at his pharmacy, where he mixed brandy toddies with his own bitters and served them in an egg-cup. On this theory, the drink took the name of the cup. Used from 1920s of any mix of substances (e.g. fruit, Molotov). Cocktail party first attested 1928.
- A mixture of drugs, usually in solution, for the diagnosis or treatment of a condition.
- A treatment regimen that includes a combination of several drugs that enhances their individual potency.