cocktail party


Definition of cocktail party 

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

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Rose Ceremony Chris Harrison tells the men the bad news — there’s no cocktail party. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Everybody Hates Chris," 4 July 2018 Weinstein and Dreamworks chief executive Jeffrey Katzenberg also held lavish cocktail parties and fundraisers in New York City and Beverly Hills on her behalf for her 2014 campaign. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Has Alison Grimes returned Harvey Weinstein cash? Not from her campaign," 19 June 2018 Unlike a previous generation of swappers, who exited suburban cocktail parties with someone else’s spouse, these traders meet in cities around the world—from Portland, Ore., to Paris—to exchange rare cultivars that will add ambience to their homes. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "Plant Swaps: The Cheap Way to Score Rare Houseplants," 7 June 2018 Following a cocktail party on the front lawn, presentations and dinner took place at tables set up behind the house. Ellen Olivier,, "Pointed jokes and open wallets help Chrysalis Butterfly Ball raise $1.8 million to help the homeless," 4 June 2018 After saying goodbye to Clay, this particular cocktail party was pretty emotional. Becca Kufrin,, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Most post-work cocktail parties don't really require a major dress, more a fashionable ensemble with a day-to-night addition like killer heels, bold jewelry or red lipstick. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Survive a Party Solo," 22 Apr. 2014 The film centers on Greg (Jim Parsons) and Alex (Claire Danes), well-to-do New Yorkers with a fondness for cocktail parties. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In 'A Kid Like Jake,' Claire Danes and Jim Parsons struggle with son's gender identity," 14 June 2018 His entrance is very awkward, and has the vibe of two people saying hi to each other at a work cocktail party. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "Every Awkward, Bizarre, Boring Entrance From The Bachelorette Premiere," 29 May 2018

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1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cocktail party was in 1928

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: a usually formal party at which alcoholic drinks are served

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