Definitions for cocktailˈkɒkˌteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. any of various chilled mixed drinks, consisting typically of an alcoholic liquor mixed with vermouth, fruit juice, or flavorings.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  2. any of various cold mixtures of small pieces of food, often served as an appetizer:

    shrimp cocktail; fruit cocktail.

    Category: Cooking

  3. a beverage or solution concocted of various ingredients.

    Category: Pharmacology

  4. (adj.)styled for semiformal wear:

    a cocktail dress.

    Category: Clothing

  5. used in or suitable for cocktails:

    cocktail onions.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of cocktail:

1800–10, Amer.; orig. obscure


  1. a horse with a docked tail.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

Origin of cocktail:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. cocktail(noun)

    a short mixed drink

  2. cocktail(noun)

    an appetizer served as a first course at a meal

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. cocktail(noun)ˈkɒkˌteɪl

    a drink containing alcohol mixed with sth else

    mixing cocktails

  2. cocktailˈkɒkˌteɪl

    a dangerous or unpleasant combination of things

    a lethal cocktail of drugs


  1. cocktail(Noun)

    A mixed alcoholic beverage.

    They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.

  2. cocktail(Noun)

    A mixture of other substances.

    "Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream of the chemical factory."

  3. cocktail(Adjective)

    festive, lively

    "now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music" - The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

  4. Origin: many unproven stories exist. The word first appeared in 1806 (see citation below). The non-drink sense is by extension of the drink sense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cocktail(noun)

    a beverage made of brandy, whisky, or gin, iced, flavored, and sweetened

  2. Cocktail(noun)

    a horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in his veins

  3. Cocktail(noun)

    a mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward

  4. Cocktail(noun)

    a species of rove beetle; -- so called from its habit of elevating the tail


  1. Cocktail

    A cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink that contains three or more ingredients—at least one of the ingredients must be a spirit, one sweet/sugary and one sour/bitter. Cocktails were originally a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters. It is now often used for almost any mixed drink that contains alcohol, including mixers, mixed shots, etc. A cocktail today usually contains one or more kinds of spirit and one or more mixers, such as soda or fruit juice. Additional ingredients may be sugar, honey, milk, cream, and various herbs.

Translations for cocktail

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an alcoholic drink mixed from various spirits etc.

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