cocktail party

noun

Definition of cocktail party

: an informal or semiformal party or gathering at which cocktails are served

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Reviving Hope, a cocktail party and culinary event, is scheduled from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 5 at The Vault Miramar. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Charity aims to help children, pets affected by domestic violence," 30 Aug. 2019 The two entertainers remain close after their breakup, and last month celebrated Kaling's own 40th at a cocktail party at San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "B.J. Novak parties with ex Mindy Kaling for his 40th birthday," 1 Aug. 2019 Just a month ago, Kaling and Novak were together while celebrating The Mindy Project star’s 40th birthday at a cocktail party at San Vicente Bungalows in West Hollywood. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "B.J. Novak Says He's Feeling 'Grateful' as He Celebrates His 40th Birthday with Mindy Kaling," 1 Aug. 2019 On Wednesday evening, Chloe Gosselin hosted a campy, female-forward cocktail party to kick off her pop-up shop, housed at the DVF flagship store in the Meatpacking District. Danielle Naer, Vogue, "Chloe Gosselin’s Playful Pop-Up Took Over Diane von Furstenberg’s Meatpacking Flagship," 18 July 2019 While teaching comparative literature and French in the early 1950s at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, Mr. Botsford attended a cocktail party that changed the course of his life. Bill Morris, BostonGlobe.com, "Keith Botsford, man of letters and Saul Bellow associate, dies at 90," 18 June 2019 While teaching comparative literature and French in the early 1950s at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, Mr. Botsford attended a cocktail party that changed the course of his life. Bill Morris, New York Times, "Keith Botsford, Man of Letters and Saul Bellow Associate, Dies at 90," 14 June 2019 Not to be outdone, Max Mara and InStyle magazine are kicking off the festivities with a cocktail party thrown in Debicki’s honor at the Chateau Marmont on Tuesday. Lindzi Scharf, latimes.com, "Elizabeth Debicki opens up about her life. Now what about that top-secret project?," 7 June 2019 Bridal salon Floravere teamed up with wedding website Over the Moon to toast summer wedding season with a cocktail party. Vogue, "Floravere and Over the Moon Toasted Wedding Season With a Summery Soiree in Tribeca," 27 June 2019

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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cocktail party

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cocktail party

: a usually formal party at which alcoholic drinks are served

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