cocktail

noun (1)
cock·​tail | \ ˈkäk-ˌtāl How to pronounce cocktail (audio) \

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

cocktail

adjective

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

cocktail

noun (2)

Definition of cocktail (Entry 3 of 3)

: a horse with its tail docked

First Known Use of cocktail

Noun (1)

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1781, 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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The first known use of cocktail was in 1781

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Last Updated

27 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cocktail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocktail. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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cocktail

noun
cock·​tail | \ ˈkäk-ˌtāl How to pronounce cocktail (audio) \

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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