cocktail

   1. obsolete
   a prostitute
   Possibly a pun, also referring to cockatrice, a prostitute, from the fabulous serpent which killed by its glare:
    Such a coxcomb as that, such a cocktail. (Thackeray)
   2. a mixture of alcohol or illegal narcotics
   We have a choice of derivations, some more far-fetched than others. We can rule out the 'six-oared boat used by Kentish smugglers' and derivation from the Krio koktel, meaning a scorpion. In Yorkshire it once meant a flaming tankard of ale, which is getting closer.
   The obvious candidate is the French coquetel, from the feather used to stir the drink, but I still stay with the Aztec xoc-tl, named from the maiden Hochitl who introduced to the king a concoction devised by her father, thereby winning his heart and immortality. Commoner in America than in Britain, where it tends to be refer specifically to a drink based on a spirit without a generic meaning of intoxicants:
    They had been having cocktails every night. (M. McCarthy, 1963)
   Whence cocktail bars, hours, lounges, and the like.

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  • Cocktail — Sm (alkoholisches Mischgetränk) erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. cocktail, einer Zusammensetzung aus ne. cock Hahn und ne. tail Schwanz . Das Benennungsmotiv ist trotz einiger phantasievoller Ansätze nicht sicher geklärt. Das… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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  • cocktail — / kɒkteil/, it. / kɔkteil/ s. ingl. (propr. coda [tail ] di gallo [cock ] ), usato in ital. al masch. 1. (enol.) [bevanda alcolica costituita da ingredienti diversi, variamente miscelati] ▶◀ drink. ‖ aperitivo. 2. [intrattenimento in cui si… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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  • Cocktail — (engl., spr. tehl), Rennpferd, das nicht Vollblut ist; auch eine Art kalter Grog …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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