cocktail ( cocktails plural )
1 n-count A cocktail is an alcoholic drink which contains several ingredients.
On arrival, guests are offered wine or a champagne cocktail...
2 n-count A cocktail is a mixture of a number of different things, especially ones that do not go together well.
oft N of n
The court was told she had taken a cocktail of drugs and alcohol...
fruit cocktail →
prawn cocktail →
cocktail dress ( cocktail dresses plural ) A cocktail dress is a dress that is suitable for formal social occasions. n-count
cocktail lounge ( cocktail lounges plural ) A cocktail lounge is a room in a hotel, restaurant, or club where you can buy alcoholic drinks. n-count
Let's meet in the cocktail lounge at the Hilton.
cocktail party ( cocktail parties plural ) A cocktail party is a party, usually held in the early evening, where cocktails or other alcoholic drinks are served. People often dress quite formally for them. n-count
fruit cocktail ( fruit cocktails plural ) Fruit cocktail is a mixture of pieces of different kinds of fruit eaten as part of a meal. n-var
Molotov cocktail ( Molotov cocktails plural ) A Molotov cocktail is a simple bomb made by putting petrol and cloth into a bottle. It is exploded by setting fire to the cloth. n-count
prawn cocktail ( prawn cocktails plural ) A prawn cocktail is a dish that consists of prawns, salad, and a sauce. It is usually eaten at the beginning of a meal.
in AM, use shrimp cocktail
shrimp cocktail ( shrimp cocktails plural ) A shrimp cocktail is a dish that consists of shrimp, salad, and a sauce. It is usually eaten at the beginning of a meal.
(mainly AM) n-var
in BRIT, use prawn cocktail