American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A party, usually in the early evening, at which cocktails are served.
- n. a party at which cocktails are served
- n. an afternoon party at which cocktails are served
““I ran into this guy—her other client, who isn’t a doctor, just a businessman—at a meeting or a cocktail party or something, and he said, ’Hey, I heard ol’ Jimmy Joe has flipped out.’””
“She left there at six and hurried on to the cocktail party which Mike should have attended in Manchester Square.”
“Or no corporate glad hander wants me at a cocktail party with some of the clients where I stand around all bashful-like and the boys come up and pet me like some kind of cuddly critter.”
“On the terrace a small cocktail party is in full swing, and the moment we step into it, Steven Spielberg, looking far more accessible without his baseball cap, disentangles himself from a nearby conversation.”
“Joe hadn't spoken to Augustino since Oppy's cocktail party the week before.”
“Save “archetypal” for your stiff, borderline-academic cocktail party banter.”
“For a cocktail party we prefer this classic served hot, as in spicy and thirst-inducing.”
“About the second week we were in Washington, one of Judy's teacher friends, Peggy Snow, arranged for us to get invitations to her father's cocktail party for the top brass in Washington.”
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