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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.
cocktail (plural cocktails)
- 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.
- A mixture of other substances.
- Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.
- a cocktail of illegal drugs
- 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?)
- (UK, slang, dated) A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward.
- It was in the second affair that poor little Barney showed he was a cocktail.
- A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.
- Festive; lively.
- "Cocktail" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.
- A cocktail
- cocktail (mixed drink)
cocktail m (plural cocktails)
- A cocktail
- “cocktail” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
From English, which is of unclear origin.
cocktail m (invariable)