Definition of Cocktail

1. Noun. A short mixed drink.

2. Noun. An appetizer served as a first course at a meal.
Generic synonyms: Appetiser, Appetizer, Starter
Specialized synonyms: Fruit Cocktail, Crab Cocktail, Shrimp Cocktail

Definition of Cocktail

1. n. A beverage made of brandy, whisky, or gin, iced, flavored, and sweetened.

Definition of Cocktail

1. Noun. A mixed alcoholic beverage. ¹

2. Noun. A mixture of other substances. ¹

3. Adjective. festive, lively ¹

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Definition of Cocktail

1. to drink alcoholic beverages [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Cocktail

1. A mixture that includes several ingredients or drugs. Brompton cocktail, a cocktail of morphine and cocaine usually used for analgesia in terminal cancer patients; the formulations vary, but typically it contains 15 mg of morphine hydrochoride and 10 mg of cocaine hydrochloride per 10 ml of the cocktail. Origin: Brompton Chest Hospital, London, England, where developed (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cocktail

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cocktail stick
cocktail sticks

Literary usage of Cocktail

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Up-to-date Waitress by Janet McKenzie Hill (1906)
"glass with cocktail liquid in the centre of the plate. ... cocktail MIXTURE FOR RAW OYSTERS OR CLAMS Mix one teaspoonful of grated horseradish, ..."

2. The Home Cook Book: A Collection of Practical Receipts by Expert Cooks (1905)
"EGG cocktail Make each cocktail separately. Use a few drops of wine or cider vinegar, a tablespoon of lemon-juice, a pinch of horseradish, and a teaspoon of ..."

3. The United Service (1902)
"For that reason when the whiskey cocktail was, in fact, our national drink it was at its best, but on returning from various cruises I have observed with ..."

4. How to Mix Drinks: Or, The Bon-vivant's Companion, Containing ... Directions by Jerry Thomas, Christian Schultz (1862)
"The "cocktail" is a modern invention, and is generally used on fishing and other sporting ... Bottle cocktail. To make a splendid bottle of brandy cocktail, ..."

5. From Harrison to Harding: A Personal Narrative, Covering a Third of a by Arthur Wallace Dunn (1922)
"... Southern Democrats—What Governor Johnson Would Do—Third Term Talk Revived—" 1 Work With Such Tools as Come to My Hand"—The Fairbanks cocktail—The Fleet ..."

6. The Poetical Works of William Henry Drummond by William Henry Drummond (1912)
"The Tale of a cocktail DEAR MR. EDITOR, It has always been my camping experience that the oldest among us, especially if he be a grey-haired patriarch, ..."

7. Kate Beaumont by John William De Forest (1872)
"suggests Cato, seeking to lull the rising storm with the oil of gossip. third cocktail. " Don't stand there all day- staring at the soap-brush. ..."

8. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1853)
"Who could tell 3 Six months later Jack was in Rome, with Mr. cocktail to look after him ... How cocktail lived for the next quarter, and who paid Aie board, ..."

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