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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The party was bumping at the Bayou Event Center for Hennything Fest, a celebration of the French cognac Hennessy. Saturday afternoon, crowds got to enjoy live entertainment, crafty libations, food and plenty of games. Houston Chronicle, "Hennessy flows at third annual Hennything Fest in Houston," 16 June 2019 Grab a pint at Mountain State Brewing and a room at the Cooper House in Thomas, which has complimentary afternoon libations. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 Morning libations are also served, including a carrot cocktail infused with Aquavit, lemon, carrot juice and serrano bitters. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: South American tea-centric cafe comes to Pacific Beach," 6 June 2019 Though McElhone used bourbon in the original recipe, over the years the libation has evolved to generally feature rye, sweet vermouth, and Campari in equal parts—a warmer cousin to the Negroni. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Celebrate World Cocktail Day with a Surprising Spin on the Boulevardier," 13 May 2019 An evening cocktail crawl should begin at Insurgentes, a split-level taco bar with fruity Mexican drinks like the Güero, a libation made with reposado tequila, lemon, and grapefruit juice. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to Chapinero Alto, the Williamsburg of Bogotá," 12 Apr. 2019 The gala portion of the night took place in the connecting courtyards of Hermann-Grima and Broussard's where libations, wines, and Broussard's cuisine was served. Sue Strachan,, "Amazing Grapes a vintage soiree for Hermann-Grima/Gallier Historic Houses," 11 Apr. 2018 Lunch and libations of choice are offered poolside. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "The Best Room At... Winvian Farm," 19 Feb. 2019 Michalopoulos' Old New Orleans Rum Distillery set up a rum tasting station, which provided an alternative to wine and other libations to pair with hors d'oeuvres and the three-course dinner. Sue Strachan,, "Parkway Promenade raises funds to beautify Jefferson Parish," 22 Apr. 2018

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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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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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