[a cocktail] hour

twinklestar

Senior Member
Chinese
Context:

In American TV series named Suits, Harvey lied to a Harvard student the Dean invited him to a small cocktail hour.

I think a definition of hour from the WR Dictionary is fit for this context as below:

a short or limited period of time:
Is it okay for me to say a job interview hour if I refer to a short interview meeting?

Thank you!
 
  • apricots

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Cocktail hour is a set phrase for an evening cocktail party and it doesn't necessarily need to be an hour. Similar to happy hour. However, this is different from lunch hour, which is literally an hour for lunch.
     

    bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    You might say "period" or "session," but very rarely does "hour" not refer to a literal hour.

    "Cocktail hour" is an exception, and I suspect a somewhat dated one; "happy hour" is still quite common, of course.
     
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