cocktail

cocktail

1 [kok-teyl]
noun
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.
Pharmacology. a beverage or solution concocted of various drugs.
4.
any eclectic mixture or miscellaneous collection.
verb (used without object)
5.
to drink cocktails, especially at a cocktail party: They cocktailed before going to the theater.
adjective
6.
(of women's clothing) styled for semiformal wear: a cocktail dress.
7.
of, pertaining to, used in, or suitable to the serving of cocktails: cocktail onions; cocktail napkins.

Origin:
1800–10, Americanism; origin obscure; none of numerous attempts to explain the orig. of this word or its relationship to cocktail2 have won general acceptance

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cocktail

2 [kok-teyl]
noun
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.

Origin:
1590–1600; cock2 + tail1

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cocktail1 (ˈkɒkˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  a.  any mixed drink with a spirit base, usually drunk before meals
 b.  (as modifier): the cocktail hour
2.  an appetizer of seafood, mixed fruits, etc
3.  any combination of diverse elements, esp one considered potent
4.  (modifier) appropriate for formal occasions: a cocktail dress
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

cocktail2 (ˈkɒkˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  a horse with a docked tail
2.  an animal of unknown or mixed breeding
3.  archaic a person of little breeding pretending to be a gentleman
 
[C19: originally cocktailed (adj) having a tail like a cock's]

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cocktail
first attested 1806; H.L. Mencken lists seven versions of its origin, perhaps the most persuasive is Fr. coquetier "egg-cup." In New Orleans, c.1795, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, an apothecary (and inventor of Peychaud bitters) held Masonic social gatherings at his pharmacy, where he mixed
brandy toddies with his own bitters and served them in an egg-cup. The drink took the name of the cup, in Eng. cocktay. Cocktail party first attested 1928.
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cocktail cock·tail (kŏk'tāl)
n.

  1. A mixture of drugs, usually in solution, for the diagnosis or treatment of a condition.

  2. A treatment regimen that includes a combination of several drugs, to enhance their individual potency.

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