What does cocktail mean?

Definitions for cocktail
ˈkɒkˌteɪlcock·tail

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cocktail.

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.

  2. cocktailnoun

    A mixture of other substances.

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

  3. cocktailadjective

    festive, lively

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

  4. 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. 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. Martina Ferencova:

    Breweries are investing in new pub concepts primarily due to the annual decline in on-trade, draft beer, consumers are also demanding more. Besides the shift to home drinking, partly boosted by a ban on smoking in 2017, traditional pubs are also up against more wine and cocktail bars favored by some younger drinkers. A new electronic ordering system introduced in 2016 to track sales - and make sure pubs and restaurants paid all taxes due - also forced a number of pubs to go under. Currently, around 65 percent of the beer sold in The Czech Republic is in stores, a figure on the rise and one Prazdroj and other breweries believe will continue to increase. With domestic consumption tepid, breweries have looked to foreign markets to offset declines at home and exports jumped nearly 12 percent in 2018. But getting Czechs back to the pub remains key, beer makers and industry officials say.

  3. Allen Katz:

    In the cocktail age we’re in, I could see this being something of interest to people at home and bartenders, there’s a novelty to it that’s potentially interesting.

  4. Harold Macmillan:

    Memorial services are the cocktail parties of the geriatric set.

  5. Karl Lagerfeld:

    It's not the bourgeois cocktail hat, the ladylike hat, this is another kind of hat, I wouldn't say aggressive, but more protective.

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