cocktail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"cocktail" in British English

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cocktailnoun

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 ​inquestheard that the ​guitaristdied from a cocktail ofdrink and ​drugs. Cars ​produce a lethal cocktail ofgasses.

cocktail noun (DISH)

[C or U] a ​colddish, often ​eaten at the ​start of a ​meal, consisting of ​smallpieces of ​food: fruit cocktail a ​prawn/​seafood cocktail
(Definition of cocktail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cocktail" in American English

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cocktailnoun

 us   /ˈkɑkˌteɪl/

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 ​smalldish of ​particularfoods sometimes ​eaten at the ​beginning of a ​meal: [C] I’d like the ​shrimp cocktail, ​please.
(Definition of cocktail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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