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libation

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noun li·ba·tion \lī-ˈbā-shən\

Simple Definition of libation

  • : a liquid that is poured out to honor a god

  • : an alcoholic drink

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of libation

  1. 1 a :  an act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice (as to a deity) b :  a liquid (as wine) used in a libation

  2. 2 a :  an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously b :  beverage; especially :  a drink containing alcohol

libationary

play \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective

Examples of libation in a sentence

  1. They offered libations at the temple.

  2. We met for a libation after work.



Origin and Etymology 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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