libation

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noun li·ba·tion \lī-ˈbā-shən\

Definition of libation

  1. 1a :  an act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice (as to a deity) They offered a libation at the temple.b :  a liquid (such as wine) used in a libation

  2. 2a :  an act or instance of drinking often ceremoniously a libation to celebrate their anniversaryb :  beverage; especially :  a drink containing alcohol His favorite libation is scotch on the rocks.

libationary

play \lī-ˈbā-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


LIBATION Defined for English Language Learners

libation

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noun li·ba·tion \lī-ˈbā-shən\

Definition of libation for English Language Learners

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

  • : an alcoholic drink



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