cocktail party


Definition of cocktail party

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

Examples of cocktail party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At five-fifteen on opening night, Liz arrives at a provisional ending: The company gathers at the long table and reenacts Eliot’s final cocktail party as performed in the original Nayatt School. David Gordon, Harper's magazine, "The Forty-Year Rehearsal," 6 Jan. 2020 There will also be limited admission cocktail parties the nights of Dec. 6-7. Phil Marty,, "Indianapolis Zoo lights up, historic homes open their doors and more Midwest events," 29 Nov. 2019 During a cocktail party three hours after the panel ended, other convention attendees approached Matusitz and the two others and asked the woman who was taking photos to delete them. Annie Martin,, "Controversial UCF professor banned from professional organization, faces university investigation," 15 Nov. 2019 Farrow recounts that, in 2010, Lauer used a business pretext to get her away from a company cocktail party. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "Former 'Today' Show Producer Melissa Lonner Alleges Matt Lauer Exposed Himself to Her," 15 Oct. 2019 The latest in the Royal’s one-off cocktail parties is a tribute to everyone’s favorite mystery board game — or everyone’s favorite cult-classic multi-ending murder mystery. Washington Post, "16 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 14 Oct. 2019 Some assignments not offered, some cocktail parties not attended, some business trips not booked. Fortune, "Wall Street Has Never Had a Woman CEO. Why Not?," 19 Sep. 2019 Astros Foundation pledges $280,000 during Answering the Call cocktail party benefiting the Saint Bernard Project's mission to rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey Bigger isn't always better. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets coach, players help Laurel D'Antoni raise $1.4 million for Hurricane Harvey recovery," 19 Dec. 2019 Hannah Brown snapped at the men after drama consumed another cocktail party. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'Bachelorette': Jed Wyatt says fans have threatened him, his family after girlfriend drama," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of cocktail party

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cocktail party was in 1928

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16 Jan 2020

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“Cocktail party.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cocktail party

: a usually formal party at which alcoholic drinks are served

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