What does cocktail mean?

Definitions for cocktail
ˈkɒkˌteɪlcock·tail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cocktailnoun

    a short mixed drink

  2. cocktailnoun

    an appetizer served as a first course at a meal

Wiktionary

  1. cocktailnoun

    A mixed alcoholic beverage.

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

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

  2. cocktailnoun

    A mixture of other substances.

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

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

  3. cocktailadjective

    festive, lively

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

    Etymology: 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. Cocktailnoun

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

  2. Cocktailnoun

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

  3. Cocktailnoun

    a mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward

  4. Cocktailnoun

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

Freebase

  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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Cocktail

    Tradition has it that one of Montezuma’s nobles sent a draught of a new beverage concocted by him from the cactus plant to the Emperor by his daughter Xochitl. The Aztec monarch smiled, tasted it, gulped it down with a relish, and, it is said, afterwards married the girl; thenceforward this drink became the native tipple, and for centuries it bore the softened name of Octel. The corruption of Octel into Cocktail by the soldiers of the American Army when, under General Scott, they invaded Mexico, about sixty years ago, was easy.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cocktail in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cocktail in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cocktail in a Sentence

  1. Allen Katz:

    There’s still a great story to be told about rye whiskey as not only a resolute American spirit, but also a really interesting agricultural and cocktail context for New York.

  2. Takayuki Suzuki:

    Japanese whisky has a good balance, compared with Scotch whisky, it does not lose the taste and flavor when you mix it with other drinks. It is easy to use as a cocktail base.

  3. Sean Muldoon:

    During our time here, it was the most awarded cocktail bar in the world, that's what put us on the world stage.

  4. Ken Westin:

    We have a generation now that was born with Internet access, who were using computers before they could walk. Hacking tools and techniques are readily accessible on the Internet and they are becoming increasingly easy to use. When you pair these two elements with the appeal of hacker culture fueled by a bit of teenage rebellion, you have a potentially volatile cocktail.

  5. Duane Sylvester:

    Ice is very much important to the cocktail; how it can be built, how much space it takes up in a glass, the way it’s going to keep your cocktail cold, or its flavor.

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