cocktail
I. noun Etymology: probably from 1cock + tail Date: 1806 1. a. an iced drink of wine or distilled liquor mixed with flavoring ingredients b. something resembling or suggesting such a drink as being a mixture of often diverse elements or ingredients <
a cocktail of remembered incidents and pure imagination — Charlotte Low
>
<
a cocktail of herbicides
>
c. a mixture of agents usually in solution that is taken or used together especially for medical treatment or diagnosis 2. an appetizer served as a first course at a meal II. adjective Date: 1852 1. of, relating to, or set aside for cocktails <
a cocktail hour
>
2. designed for semiformal wear <
a cocktail dress
>
III. noun Etymology: 1cock + tail Date: 1808 a horse with its tail docked

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Cocktail — Cocktail …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • cocktail — [ kɔktɛl ] n. m. • 1860; « homme abâtardi » 1755; mot angl. amér., réduction de cocktailed( horse); évolution de sens obscure 1 ♦ Boisson constituée d un mélange de liquides dosés selon des proportions variables, alcoolisée ou non. Cocktail au… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cocktail — Sm (alkoholisches Mischgetränk) erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. cocktail, einer Zusammensetzung aus ne. cock Hahn und ne. tail Schwanz . Das Benennungsmotiv ist trotz einiger phantasievoller Ansätze nicht sicher geklärt. Das… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • cocktail — ► NOUN 1) an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit mixed with other ingredients, such as fruit juice. 2) (before another noun ) relating to or associated with cocktail drinking or formal social occasions: a cocktail dress. 3) a dish consisting… …   English terms dictionary

  • Cocktail — Cock tail , n. 1. A beverage made of brandy, whisky, or gin, iced, flavored, and sweetened. [U. S.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Stock Breeding) A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in his veins. Darwin.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cocktail — / kɒkteil/, it. / kɔkteil/ s. ingl. (propr. coda [tail ] di gallo [cock ] ), usato in ital. al masch. 1. (enol.) [bevanda alcolica costituita da ingredienti diversi, variamente miscelati] ▶◀ drink. ‖ aperitivo. 2. [intrattenimento in cui si… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • cocktail — (n.) first attested 1806; H.L. Mencken lists seven versions of its origin, perhaps the most persuasive is Fr. coquetier egg cup (15c.; in English cocktay). In New Orleans, c.1795, Antoine Amédée Peychaud, an apothecary (and inventor of Peychaud… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cocktail — s. m. Ver coquetel. • Plural: cocktails.   ‣ Etimologia: inglês cocktail, de cock, galo + tail, cauda, rabo …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • Cocktail — Cocktail: Die Bezeichnung für »alkoholisches Mixgetränk« wurde in der 2. Hälfte des 19. Jh.s aus gleichbed. engl. amerik. cocktail entlehnt. Dies bedeutet wörtlich »Hahnenschwanz«. Der Bedeutungsübertragung liegt ein Vergleich mit der Buntheit… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • Cocktail — (engl., spr. tehl), Rennpferd, das nicht Vollblut ist; auch eine Art kalter Grog …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • cocktail — informal, mezcla de medicamentos, habitualmente en solución, que se combinan con un propósito determinado. Diccionario Mosby Medicina, Enfermería y Ciencias de la Salud, Ediciones Hancourt, S.A. 1999 …   Diccionario médico

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