li·​ba·​tion | \ lī-ˈbā-shən How to pronounce libation (audio) \

Definition of libation

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

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Other Words from libation

libationary \ lī-​ˈbā-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce libationary (audio) \ adjective

Examples of libation in a Sentence

They offered libations at the temple. We met for a libation after work.
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First Known Use of libation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for libation

Middle English libacioun, from Latin libation-, libatio, from libare to pour as an offering; akin to Greek leibein to pour

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18 Feb 2020

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“Libation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of libation

formal : a liquid that is poured out to honor a god
humorous : an alcoholic drink

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