- IPA: /ˈkɒkteɪl/
cocktail (plural cocktails)
- A mixed alcoholic beverage.
- Synonyms: mixed drink, ckt
- They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
- 1806, 13 May 1806 edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, published by Hudson, New York, (first appearance in print):
- Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
- A mixture of other substances or things.
- Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.
- a cocktail of illegal drugs
- A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in its veins.
- (UK, slang, dated) A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward.
- It was in the second affair that poor little Barney showed he was a cocktail.
- A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.
- (obsolete) Ostentatiously lacking in manners.
cocktail (cocktails, present participle cocktailing; past and past participle cocktailed)
- (transitive) To adulterate (fuel, etc.) by mixing in other substances.
- (transitive) To treat (a person) to cocktails.
- He dined and cocktailed her at the most exclusive bars and restaurants.