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).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒkteɪl/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

cocktail (plural cocktails)

  1. A mixed alcoholic beverage.
    Synonyms: mixed drink, ckt (abbreviation)
    They visited a bar noted for its wide range of cocktails.
    • 1806 May 13, “Communication”, in Balance and Columbian Repository[1], volume v, number 19, New York: Hudson, page 146:
      Cock tail, then, is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters — it is vulgarly called 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.
    • 1904, Charlotte Bryson Taylor, “Chapter VI”, in In the Dwellings of the Wilderness:
      Deane opened the fray by declaring, à propos of dinners, that the only proper way to create a cocktail of the genus Martini was to add a half-spoonful of sherry after the other ingredients had been satisfactorily mixed, if at all.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, “Chapter 8”, in Babbitt:
      He moved majestically down to mix the cocktails. As he chipped ice, as he squeezed oranges, as he collected vast stores of bottles, glasses, and spoons at the sink in the pantry, he felt as authoritative as the bartender at Healey Hanson's saloon.
  2. (by extension) A mixture of other substances or things.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:hodgepodge
    Scientists found a cocktail of pollutants in the river downstream from the chemical factory.
    a cocktail of illegal drugs
    • 2013, Andrew Farmer, Managing Environmental Pollution, Routledge, →ISBN, page 22:
      Motor vehicles, for example, emit a cocktail of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, particulates, heavy metals and (for diesel) sulphur dioxide.
  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. (Britain, slang, dated) A mean, half-hearted fellow.
    Synonym: coward
  5. A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.

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Adjective[edit]

cocktail (comparative more cocktail, superlative most cocktail)

  1. (obsolete) Ostentatiously lacking in manners.
    • 1830, Sporting Magazine:
      It looks very cocktail to be seen riding through the streets of London in a scarlet coat ;
    • 1840, The Sporting magazine:
      The Prince had nothing particular about him but a monstrous smart whip with a gold stag for a handle, which was pronounced a very cocktail looking instrument by the Leicestershire farmers, with whom His Serene Highness is no favorite
    • 2008, Christine Kelly, Mrs Duberly's War: Journal and Letters from the Crimea, 1854-6, →ISBN:
      She always goes about with a brace of loaded revolvers in her belt!! Very cocktail and no occasion for it

Verb[edit]

cocktail (third-person singular simple present cocktails, present participle cocktailing, simple past and past participle cocktailed)

  1. (transitive) To adulterate (fuel, etc.) by mixing in other substances.
  2. (transitive) To treat (a person) to cocktails.
    He dined and cocktailed her at the most exclusive bars and restaurants.

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References[edit]


Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɔkteːl/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: cock‧tail

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (plural cocktails, diminutive cocktailtje n)

  1. cocktail

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Finnish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkoktɑi̯l/, [ˈko̞kt̪ɑi̯l]
  • IPA(key): /ˈkoktei̯l/, [ˈko̞kt̪e̞i̯l]
  • Syllabification: cock‧tail

Noun[edit]

cocktail

  1. cocktail (mixed drink)

Declension[edit]

Inflection of cocktail (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative cocktail cocktailit
genitive cocktailin cocktailien
partitive cocktailia cocktaileja
illative cocktailiin cocktaileihin
singular plural
nominative cocktail cocktailit
accusative nom. cocktail cocktailit
gen. cocktailin
genitive cocktailin cocktailien
partitive cocktailia cocktaileja
inessive cocktailissa cocktaileissa
elative cocktailista cocktaileista
illative cocktailiin cocktaileihin
adessive cocktaililla cocktaileilla
ablative cocktaililta cocktaileilta
allative cocktailille cocktaileille
essive cocktailina cocktaileina
translative cocktailiksi cocktaileiksi
instructive cocktailein
abessive cocktailitta cocktaileitta
comitative cocktaileineen
Possessive forms of cocktail (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person cocktailini cocktailimme
2nd person cocktailisi cocktailinne
3rd person cocktailinsa

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (plural cocktails)

  1. cocktail
  2. (metonymically) cocktail party

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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (invariable)

  1. cocktail
  2. cocktail party

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail.

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (definite singular cocktailen, indefinite plural cocktailer, definite plural cocktailene)

  1. cocktail

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail.

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (definite singular cocktailen, indefinite plural cocktailar, definite plural cocktailane)

  1. cocktail

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Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

cocktail m (plural cocktails or cocktail)

  1. Alternative spelling of cóctel

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Noun[edit]

cocktail c

  1. cocktail

Declension[edit]

Declension of cocktail 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative cocktail cocktailen cocktailar cocktailarna
Genitive cocktails cocktailens cocktailars cocktailarnas

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Vietnamese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English cocktail, which is of unclear origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cocktail

  1. cocktail

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