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.>
libationaryplay \lī-ˈbā-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective
Examples of libation in a sentence
They offered libations at the temple.
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
Definition of libation for English Language Learners
: a liquid that is poured out to honor a god
: an alcoholic drink
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