Definition of cocktail party noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


cocktail party

BrE BrE//ˈkɒkteɪl pɑːti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːkteɪl pɑːrti//
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a formal social occasion, usually in the early evening, when people drink cocktails or other alcoholic drinks
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cocktail party