cocktail

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Unknown, many unproven stories exist. The word first appeared in 1806 (see citation below). The non-drink sense is by extension of the drink sense.

Noun[edit]

cocktail (plural cocktails)

  1. A mixed alcoholic beverage.
    They visited a pub noted for the wide range of cocktails they serve.
    • 1806, 13 May 1806 edition of Balance and Columbian Repository, published by Hudson, New York, (first appearance in print):
      Cocktail is a stimulating liquor composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called a bittered sling and is supposed to be an excellent electioneering potion, inasmuch as it renders the heart stout and bold, at the same time that it fuddles the head.
  2. A mixture of other substances.
    Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.
    a cocktail of illegal drugs
  3. A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in its veins.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Darwin to this entry?)
  4. (UK, slang, dated) A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward.
    • Thackeray
      It was in the second affair that poor little Barney showed he was a cocktail.
  5. A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.

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cocktail (comparative more cocktail, superlative most cocktail)

  1. festive, lively

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin

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cocktail m (plural cocktails, diminutive cocktailtje n)

  1. A cocktail

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Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: cock‧tail
  • IPA(key): /ˈko̞ktɑil/, also IPA(key): /ˈko̞kte̞il/

Noun[edit]

cocktail

  1. cocktail (mixed drink)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin

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Noun[edit]

cocktail m (plural cocktails)

  1. A cocktail

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English, which is of unclear origin.

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (invariable)

  1. A cocktail
  2. A cocktail party

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

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cocktail c

  1. cocktail

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Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Noun[edit]

cocktail

  1. cocktail

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