Meaning of “cocktail” in the English Dictionary

"cocktail" in British English

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uk /ˈkɒk.teɪl/ us /ˈkɑːk.teɪl/

(Definition of “cocktail” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cocktail" in American English

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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 small dish of particular foods 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)