- 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
- 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 cocktailing
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.