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English definition of “cocktail”

cocktail

noun  /ˈkɑkˌteɪl/ us  

cocktail noun (DRINK)

[C] a drink made by mixing two or more drinks together: Would you like a cocktail? [C] A cocktail is also a mixture of different things: The cocktail of drugs to treat TB is taken for six to nine months.

cocktail noun (FOOD)

[C/U] a small dish of particular foods sometimes eaten at the beginning of a meal: [C] I’d like the shrimp cocktail, please.
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