What does cocktail mean?

Definitions for cocktail
ˈkɒkˌteɪlcock·tail

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cocktail(noun)

    a short mixed drink

  2. cocktail(noun)

    an appetizer served as a first course at a meal

Wiktionary

  1. cocktail(Noun)

    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. cocktail(Noun)

    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. cocktail(Adjective)

    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. 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

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.

How to pronounce cocktail?

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How to say cocktail in sign language?

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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. Jeffrey Swanson:

    What made Dylann Roof do what he did? You know, I mean, that's the question, isn't it? I don't know, there are pieces of the puzzle, and you put them all on the jigsaw board, and you're still going to have a big hole there. What I do know is that violent behavior -- whether it's serious violence or minor violence in populations -- is never just one thing. It's not a one thing problem. It's going to be an accumulation of things, kind of a whole cocktail of factors.

  2. David Allen:

    To me, Twitter is like a cocktail party.

  3. Teresa A. Sullivan:

    Even an alert and careful student who tries the sweet-tasting cocktail containing many types of liquor cannot know how much alcohol it contains, yet another problem with alcohol is that it can be the vehicle for some other drug to be ingested, unknown to the drinker. Let's call this by its name: This is poisoning.

  4. Ken Cuccinelli:

    We face very real security threats today, porous borders and lax immigration enforcement have left us vulnerable not only to terrorist attacks but to increasing levels of crime in our communities. Those already accustomed to flagrantly disregarding our laws do not hesitate to traffic their deadly cocktail of drugs and gang violence into Virginia.

  5. Le Nechet:

    Compared to the US or the UK, we didn't have a cocktail culture in France, you had to go to a luxury hotel, one of the city's famous 'palaces,' to drink a good cocktail. The first wave of 'street cocktail bars' arrived about five years ago, and now the scene is exploding here in Paris.

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