con·​coc·​tion kən-ˈkäk-shən How to pronounce concoction (audio)
plural concoctions
: something (such as a food or drink) that is concocted from various elements : something prepared or devised by combining different ingredients
an elaborate concoction
This concoction is a cross between hot chocolate and a grasshopper, a mixed drink that gets its minty kick from crème de menthe.Kim Steckler
… the disc offers quite an unusual concoction of old and new songs that are surprisingly cohesive.Jon Hetman
: the act of process of concocting something
One of these young men had a rare faculty in the concoction of gin-cocktails.Nathaniel Hawthorne

Examples of concoction in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of concoction was in 1830

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“Concoction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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