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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kok-teyl]
    • /ˈkɒkˌteɪl/
    • /ˈkɒk.teɪl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kok-teyl]
    • /ˈkɒkˌteɪl/

Definitions of cocktail word

  • countable noun cocktail A cocktail is an alcoholic drink which contains several ingredients. 3
  • countable noun cocktail A cocktail is a mixture of a number of different things, especially ones that do not go together well. 3
  • noun cocktail any mixed drink with a spirit base, usually drunk before meals 3
  • noun cocktail (as modifier) 3
  • noun cocktail an appetizer of seafood, mixed fruits, etc 3
  • noun cocktail any combination of diverse elements, esp one considered potent 3

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Origin of cocktail

First appearance:

before 1800
One of the 42% newest English words
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

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Cocktail


cocktail popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cocktail usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cocktail

noun cocktail

  • drink — to take water or other liquid into the mouth and swallow it; imbibe.
  • appetizer — An appetizer is the first course of a meal. It consists of a small amount of food.
  • mixed drink — an alcoholic drink combining two or more ingredients, as liquor, fruit juice, and flavorings.
  • aperitif — An aperitif is an alcoholic drink that you have before a meal.
  • wine — the fermented juice of grapes, made in many varieties, such as red, white, sweet, dry, still, and sparkling, for use as a beverage, in cooking, in religious rites, etc., and usually having an alcoholic content of 14 percent or less.

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