the interval before the evening meal during which cocktails and other alcoholic beverages are often served.
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How to use cocktail hour in a sentence
The prohibition means no line dancing, no father-daughter dance and no mingling at cocktail hour, leaving a conga line of brides, grooms and assorted guests of honor in limbo.D.C. ban on wedding dancing gets chilly reception from couples | Jenna Portnoy | May 5, 2021 | Washington Post
They found a table at the rear of the room, out of the worst of the cocktail-hour uproar.Little Fuzzy | Henry Beam Piper