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1cocktail

noun cock·tail \ˈkäk-ˌtāl\

Definition of COCKTAIL

1
a :  an iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients
b :  something resembling or suggesting such a drink as being a mixture of often diverse elements or ingredients <a cocktail of remembered incidents and pure imagination — Charlotte Low> <a cocktail of herbicides>
c :  a mixture of agents usually in solution that is taken or used together especially for medical treatment or diagnosis
2
:  an appetizer served as a first course at a meal
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Origin of COCKTAIL

probably from 1cock + tail
First Known Use: 1806

2cocktail

adjective

Definition of COCKTAIL

1
:  of, relating to, or set aside for cocktails <a cocktail hour>
2
:  designed for semiformal wear <a cocktail dress>

First Known Use of COCKTAIL

1852

3cocktail

noun

Definition of COCKTAIL

:  a horse with its tail docked

Origin of COCKTAIL

1cock + tail
First Known Use: 1808
Medical Dictionary

cocktail

noun cock·tail \ˈkäk-ˌtāl\

Medical Definition of COCKTAIL

:  a mixture of agents usually in solution that is taken or used especially for medical treatment or diagnosis <a potent cocktail of antiretroviral drugs—Zia Jaffrey> <chemotherapy cocktails to treat cancer—J. L. Swerdlow>
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