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Meaning of cocktail

cock•tail

Pronunciation: (kok'tāl"), [key]
— n.
  1. any of various short mixed drinks, consisting typically of gin, whiskey, rum, vodka, or brandy, with different admixtures, as vermouth, fruit juices, or flavorings, usually chilled and frequently sweetened.
  2. a portion of food, as seafood served with a sauce, a mixture of fruits, or juice, served as the appetizer course of a meal.
  3. a beverage or solution concocted of various drugs.
  4. any eclectic mixture or miscellaneous collection.
—v.i.
  1. to drink cocktails, esp. at a cocktail party: They cocktailed before going to the theater.
—adj.
  1. (of women's clothing) styled for semiformal wear: a cocktail dress.
  2. of, pertaining to, used in, or suitable to the serving of cocktails: cocktail onions; cocktail napkins.

cock•tail

Pronunciation: (kok'tāl"), [key]
— n.
  1. a horse with a docked tail.
  2. a horse that is not a thoroughbred.
  3. a man of little breeding who passes for a gentleman.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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