cocktail

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noun (1)

cock·​tail ˈkäk-ˌtāl How to pronounce cocktail (audio)
1
a
: 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 imaginationCharlotte 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

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adjective

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

cocktail

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noun (2)

: a horse with its tail docked

Examples of cocktail in a Sentence

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Noun
Also customers can order the new limited-time Tax Break cocktail, featuring 1800 Silver Tequila, citrus, agave, strawberry and passionfruit with a hitchhiker of Hennessy V.S. White Castle The chain is discounting orders by 15%. The Indianapolis Star, 15 Apr. 2024 The Uni Gin Sour, made with sea urchin, is the rare stunt cocktail that actually delivers. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2024 The list, compiled from a survey of experts in the worlds of publishing and entertainment and written by regular contributors to The Times’ film and books coverage, explicates the cocktail’s allure and why many have ordered it again and again, despite its tart aftertaste. Defne Karabatur, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2024 The signature cocktails are just $11, and small plates (Masala Fries, Burst Chicken Koliwada, Labneh Croquettes and more) range from $9 to $16. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 12 Apr. 2024 Get The Recipe 04 of 50 Hurricane Cocktail This strong cocktail was made for sipping. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 11 Apr. 2024 The cocktail is always available at this cozy bar and restaurant next to KFC Yum! Amanda Hancock, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2024 Where to eat: A lively atmosphere, creative cocktails and harborside views are all on offer at one80 Kitchen at Mgarr Yacht Marina, where fresh fish and authentic Maltese dishes are served alongside views of returning fishermen and the comings and goings of the picturesque harbor. Anya Meyerowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Apr. 2024 Team members originally had plans of opening a deli and cocktail concept, and later a sneaker lounge. Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 2 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

probably from cock entry 1 + tail

Noun (2)

cock entry 1 + tail

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of cocktail was in 1781

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Cite this Entry

“Cocktail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cocktail. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

cocktail

noun
cock·​tail
ˈkäk-ˌtāl
1
: an iced drink of distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients
2
: an appetizer (as tomato juice) served as a first course at a meal

Medical Definition

cocktail

noun
cock·​tail ˈkäk-ˌtāl How to pronounce cocktail (audio)
: a mixture of agents usually in solution that is taken or used especially for medical treatment or diagnosis
a potent cocktail of antiretroviral drugsZia Jaffrey
chemotherapy cocktails to treat cancerJ. L. Swerdlow

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