A small napkin designed to be placed under a drink when it is served.
- E-mail, like nearly all writing (including things written on a blackboard or a cocktail napkin, if they're more than just a few words), is automatically copyrighted.
- My apologies to the guy next to me whose cocktail napkin I filched to dab my eyes.
- I felt fantastic until I looked over my shoulder and saw her alone at the bar wiping her watery eyes with a tattered cocktail napkin.
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Syllabification: cock·tail nap·kin
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