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- n. A simply cut and often quite short evening or cocktail dress.
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For instance, some will choose a little black dress with gold-button detailing and sheer sleeves over a sleeveless sheath version in a matte fabric—opting not to appear too “plain.”
However, cocktail remains an adjective describing a perfect little black dress and cocktail-party lives on as a compound adjective modifying conversation, the phrase meaning “idle chat-ter.”