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


Molotov cocktail

BrE BrE//ˌmɒlətɒf ˈkɒkteɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɑːlətɔːf ˈkɑːkteɪl//
, NAmE//ˌmɔːlətɔːf ˈkɑːkteɪl//
(British English also petrol bomb) Weapons
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a simple bomb that consists of a bottle filled with petrol/gas and a piece of cloth in the end that is made to burn just before the bomb is thrown See related entries: Weapons Word Originfrom the name of Vyacheslav Molotov, who led the Soviet campaign against Finland in 1939–40, when such weapons were used by the Finns.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Molotov cocktail