cocktail party

noun

Definition of cocktail party 

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

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Nights are their own special occasions, with private parties (like Genesis' all-white cocktail party at the Genesis Home), gathering design and automobile lovers, who got a glimpse of the Genesis G70, the company's newest launch within the US. Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Playground of the Super Rich You Never Knew Existed," 6 Sep. 2018 Marella Agnelli, Betty and François Catroux, Bernard-Henri Lévy, and Loulou de la Falaise and her husband, Thadée Klossowski, were frequent guests at the lunches, teas, cocktail parties, and dinners hosted by the couple. Marian Mcevoy, ELLE Decor, "An Intimate Look Inside Yves Saint Laurent’s Private Marrakech Home," 2 Aug. 2018 The central room of the lounge features a soaring ceiling, while a pair of rooms off to the side open up the space for cocktail parties and conferences, with access to a terrace as well. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Futuristic lounge is clad head to toe in pink marble," 26 July 2018 Here are a few things about the bill that might help at your next cocktail party. David Roberts, Vox, "California is this close to its boldest energy target yet: 100% clean electricity," 31 Aug. 2018 So what's the hottest ticket on our cocktail party wish list? Natasha Silva-jelly, Harper's BAZAAR, "Modern Eveningwear," 4 Nov. 2014 For those who missed the opening bash, there will be a second cocktail party open to the public tonight, June 22. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Making of Kate Young’s Wild Garden for Maison St-Germain," 22 June 2018 Tuesday at sunset, Houston’s arts community filled the space for a cocktail party sponsored by BBVA Compass, which also owns the naming rights to the spacious roof garden that has quickly become a campus hot spot. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "It’s party time at the Glassell School of Art," 16 May 2018 At the next cocktail party, see who has a bigger crowd around them: the hot-tip trader or the ESG investor talking about how his portfolio companies are driving innovation and good for the world. WSJ, "Value Investing Is a Long-Term Commitment," 8 July 2018

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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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