cocktail, n. and adj.
b. ‘Any horse of racing stamp and qualities, but decidedly not thorough-bred, from a known stain in his parentage’ ( Dict. Rural Sports 1870, §926).
c. In extended use: a person assuming the position of a gentleman, but deficient in thorough gentlemanly breeding.
2. (More fully cocktail beetle): A brachelytrous beetle which ‘cocks up’ the posterior part of the body when irritated; the Devil's Coach-horse.
a. A drink, consisting of spirit mixed with a small quantity of bitters, some sugar, etc. orig. U.S.
b. Cf. sense B. 3.
4. A preparation of food, usually served as an appetiser at the beginning of a meal; freq. with the main ingredient prefixed, as fruit cocktail, lobster cocktail, prawn cocktail.
a. A mixture of chemical substances, esp. one which is dangerous. Hence fig.: any combination of ingredients, factors, or circumstances.
b. With modifying word, as atomic (also lytic, etc.) cocktail : a lethal concoction, or one which is humorously alleged to be so.
cocktail bar n.
cocktail cabinet n.
cocktail glass n.
cocktail hour n.
cocktail lounge n.
† cocktail powder n. Obs.
cocktail table n.
cocktail time n.
cocktail gown n. = cocktail dress n.
cocktail-mixer n. a container in which cocktails are vigorously shaken to mix them.
cocktail onion n. a small pearl onion placed on a stick and served in certain cocktails.
cocktail party n. a party, esp. one intended for social conversation, at which cocktails are served, usually together with other alcoholic drinks, savoury snacks, canapés, etc.
cocktail pianist n. a player of light inconsequential (usually jazz-based) background music.
cocktail piano n. a piano on which light background music is played by a cocktail pianist.
cocktail sausage n. a very small sausage such as is served at cocktail parties.
cocktail stick n. a small pointed stick on which snacks, sausages, onions, etc., are served at cocktail parties.
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