con·​coc·​tion | \ kən-ˈkäk-shən How to pronounce concoction (audio) , kän-\
plural concoctions

Definition of concoction

1 : 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
2 : the act of process of concocting something One of these young men had a rare faculty in the concoction of gin-cocktails.— Nathaniel Hawthorne

First Known Use of concoction

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about concoction

Statistics for concoction

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for concoction

The first known use of concoction was in 1830

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for concoction



English Language Learners Definition of concoction

: something (such as a food or drink) that is made by mixing together different things

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on concoction

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for concoction

Spanish Central: Translation of concoction

Nglish: Translation of concoction for Spanish Speakers

Comments on concoction

What made you want to look up concoction? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!