cocktail party

cock·tail par·ty
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kok-teyl pahr-tee]
    • /ˈkɒkˌteɪl ˈpɑr ti/
    • /ˈkɒk.teɪl ˈpɑːti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kok-teyl pahr-tee]
    • /ˈkɒkˌteɪl ˈpɑr ti/

Definitions of cocktail party words

  • countable noun cocktail party A cocktail party is a party, usually held in the early evening, where cocktails or other alcoholic drinks are served. People often dress quite formally for them. 3
  • noun cocktail party a party at which alcoholic drinks are served, usually held in the early evening 3
  • noun cocktail party a play in verse (1950) by T. S. Eliot. 1
  • noun cocktail party party where drinks are served 1
  • noun cocktail party a party at which cocktails are served. 0

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Origin of cocktail party

First appearance:

before 1925
One of the 11% newest English words
First recorded in 1925-30

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Parts of speech for Cocktail party


cocktail party popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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Synonyms for cocktail party

noun cocktail party

  • tea — the dried and prepared leaves of a shrub, Camellia sinensis, from which a somewhat bitter, aromatic beverage is prepared by infusion in hot water.
  • party — a social gathering, as of invited guests at a private home, for conversation, refreshments, entertainment, etc.: a cocktail party.
  • social — relating to, devoted to, or characterized by friendly companionship or relations: a social club.

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