- 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.
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