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cocktail Meaning in English

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The Definition of - cocktail (noun)

    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.
    verb (used without object)
    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.

Word Example of - cocktail

    Example Sentences for cocktail

    The cocktail is the preliminary entering wedge of the formal luncheon.

    Pheola let me get her a cocktail dress in one of the women's shops.

    As shown in Fig. 20, such a cocktail is served in a stemmed glass set on a small plate.

    Dick looked at the time and found that the cocktail had given him an appetite.

    Before the cocktail was consumed Bull had listened to a long story of British Columbia, and forests of incomparable extent.

    If it had been a whiskey glass, or a cocktail glass, the results might have been fatal.

    On the way he stopped at the Pay-Streak Saloon to fortify himself with a cocktail.

    He smoked some and had his glass of wine now and then—even had a cocktail or two on occasion.

    It was cocktail time when they returned; conversationally, it was a continuation from lunch.

    He handed Carpenter a glass and each drank off his cocktail at a quaff.

Word Origin & History of - cocktail

    Word Origin & History

    cocktail first attested 1806; H.L. Mencken lists seven versions of its origin, perhaps the most persuasive is Fr. coquetier "egg-cup." 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. The drink took the name of the cup, in Eng. cocktay. Cocktail party first attested 1928.