how to pronounce cocktail


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the above transcription of cocktail is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

cocktail is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of cocktail in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… like my kids parents cocktail the day …”

meanings of cocktail


  1. A mixture of other substances or things.
  2. A mean, half-hearted fellow; a coward.
  3. A mixed alcoholic beverage.
  4. A horse, not of pure breed, but having only one eighth or one sixteenth impure blood in its veins.
  5. A species of rove beetle, so called from its habit of elevating the tail.


  1. To adulterate (fuel, etc.) by mixing in other substances.
  2. To treat (a person) to cocktails.


  1. Ostentatiously lacking in manners.

cocktail frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word cocktail occurs in english on average 17.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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