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cocktail

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[ kok-teyl ]
/ ˈkɒkˌteɪl /
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noun
verb (used without object)
to drink cocktails, especially at a cocktail party: They cocktailed before going to the theater.
adjective
(of women's clothing) styled for semiformal wear: a knee-length cocktail dress.
of, pertaining to, used in, or suitable to the serving of cocktails: cocktail onions;cocktail napkins.
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Origin of cocktail

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An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; origin obscure; none of numerous attempts to explain the origin of this word or its relationship to cocktail2 have won general acceptance

Other definitions for cocktail (2 of 2)

cocktail2
[ kok-teyl ]
/ ˈkɒkˌteɪl /

noun
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 cocktail

2
First recorded in 1750–60; cock2 + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for cocktail (1 of 2)

cocktail1
/ (ˈkɒkˌteɪl) /

noun
  1. any mixed drink with a spirit base, usually drunk before meals
  2. (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

Word Origin for cocktail

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for cocktail (2 of 2)

cocktail2
/ (ˈkɒkˌteɪl) /

noun
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 for cocktail

C19: originally cocktailed (adj) having a tail like a cock's
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