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Definition of cocktail noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a drink usually made from a mixture of one or more strong alcoholic drinks and fruit juice or soda. It can also be made without alcohol a cocktail bar/lounge cocktail hour
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a dish of small pieces of food, usually served cold a shrimp cocktail fruit cocktail
  3. 3[countable] a mixture of different substances, usually ones that do not mix together well a lethal cocktail of drugs see also Molotov cocktail
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cocktail