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 Sarah Trott crashes the first group date of the week and horns her way into a nine-woman cocktail party. Ariana Romero,, "Is Matt James Already Pulling A Peter Weber On The Bachelor?," 19 Jan. 2021 With the rose ceremony incomplete, this meant the other cliffhanger was whether Victoria or Marylynn would be sent home due to their cocktail party drama. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelor Season 25, Episode 3 Recap: Sarah, Sarah, Sarah," 18 Jan. 2021 Later on, back at Pennsylvania’s Nemacolin Resort, the cocktail party included Matt and Abigail sharing a moment. oregonlive, "‘The Bachelor’ 2021: Portland-area bachelorettes try to survive group date, Victoria’s antics (recap)," 12 Jan. 2021 At the cocktail party, Riley pulls Tayshia aside to celebrate their one week anniversary. Lia Beck,, "The Bachelorette Season 16, Episode 9 Recap: What’s In The Box?," 9 Dec. 2020 JoJo tells the remaining men that there will still be a cocktail party, just not right away … and that Tayshia is concerned about Noah and Bennett. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette' recap: Bennett, Noah spar for a rose – but who will Tayshia choose?," 2 Dec. 2020 Somehow, even in a room full of loud conversations, our brains can focus on a single voice in something called the cocktail party effect. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Trouble hearing in a crowded room? New ‘cone of silence’ could help," 18 Dec. 2020 But the men barely have time to process this resurrection before Chris Harrison arrives and tells them that Tayshia's ready to go straight into the rose ceremony without a cocktail party. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 16, Episode 10, Recap: So This Is the Final Four," 15 Dec. 2020 But then at a cocktail party last June, hunting entered my life in an unexpected way. Susan Casey, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: An Improbable Elk Hunt," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of cocktail party

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cocktail party was in 1903

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25 Feb 2021

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“Cocktail party.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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