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cocktail party

a social gathering, often held during the cocktail hour, at which cocktails and other alcoholic beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and canapés are served.
Origin of cocktail party
First recorded in 1925-30

Cocktail Party, The

a play in verse (1950) by T. S. Eliot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You'll come to the cocktail party at my house at 5:30, won't you, Mr. Dundee?

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • However, this is compensated for by the cocktail party the next day.

    Over Here Hector MacQuarrie
  • It seemed to Lee that the young man had actually aged since the cocktail party at his house, earlier in the evening.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Now will you please tell me, if you know, whether all those invited to both the bridge party and the cocktail party are here?

    Murder at Bridge

    Anne Austin
  • Their idea of sin in that town was to snub the wrong matron at a cocktail party; or not snub, as the case might be.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton

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