noun \lī-ˈbā-shən\

: a liquid that is poured out to honor a god

: an alcoholic drink

Full Definition of LIBATION

a :  an act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice (as to a deity)
b :  a liquid (as wine) used in a libation
a :  an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously
b :  beverage; especially :  a drink containing alcohol
li·ba·tion·ary \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of LIBATION

  1. They offered libations at the temple.
  2. We met for a libation after work.

Origin of LIBATION

Middle English libacioun, from Latin libation-, libatio, from libare to pour as an offering; akin to Greek leibein to pour
First Known Use: 14th century


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