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English definition of “cocktail”


noun [C] (DRINK)   /ˈkɑkˌteɪl/
a drink made by mixing two or more drinks together: Would you like a cocktail? A cocktail is also a mixture of different things: The cocktail of drugs to treat TB is taken for six to nine months.
(Definition of cocktail noun (DRINK) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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