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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?)
- (Britain, 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.
- (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
- (transitive) To adulterate (fuel, etc.) by mixing in other substances.
- (transitive) To treat (a person) to cocktails.
- He dined and cocktailed her at the most exclusive bars and restaurants.
- “Cocktail” in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds: Ingenious Tales of Words and Their Origins, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Books in association with Penguin Books, 2004, ISBN 978-1-58834-219-5.
- A cocktail
- cocktail (mixed drink)
|Inflection of cocktail (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)|
cocktail m (plural cocktails)
- “cocktail” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
cocktail m (invariable)
- a cocktail
- “cocktail” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- a cocktail
- “cocktail” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
cocktail m (plural cocktailes)
|Declension of cocktail|
- (Hà Nội) IPA(key): [kok̚˧ˀ˦ taj˧˧]
- (Huế) IPA(key): [kok̚˦˥ taj˧˧]
- (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA(key): [kok̚˦ˀ˥ taj˧˧]
- Phonetic: côốc tay