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cocktail

noun uk   /ˈkɒk.teɪl/ us    /ˈkɑːk-/

cocktail noun (DRINK)

[C] a drink, usually an alcoholic one, made by mixing two or more drinks together: We were all in the bar sipping cocktails. a champagne cocktail

cocktail noun (MIXTURE)

[C usually singular] a mixture of different things, often an unexpected, dangerous, or exciting one: The inquest heard that the guitarist died from a cocktail of drink and drugs. Cars produce a lethal cocktail of gasses.

cocktail noun (DISH)

[C or U] a cold dish, often eaten at the start of a meal, consisting of small pieces of food: fruit cocktail a prawn/seafood cocktail
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