noun (1)
cock·​tail | \ˈkäk-ˌtāl \

Definition of cocktail 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a usually 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 especially for medical treatment or diagnosis

2 : an appetizer served as a first course at a meal



Definition of cocktail (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or set aside for cocktails a cocktail hour

2 : designed for semiformal wear a cocktail dress


noun (2)

Definition of cocktail (Entry 3 of 3)

: a horse with its tail docked

First Known Use of cocktail

Noun (1)

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cocktail

Noun (1)

probably from cock entry 1 + tail

Noun (2)

cock entry 1 + tail

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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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a knickknack or trinket

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