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 anniversaryb : 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.
Recent Examples of libation from the Web
In addition to the libations that are available, food vendors will offer fare that includes pizza, pierogi, and chili, according to Smrecansky.
Libations include bottomless mimosas, Bellini and Rossini cocktails, craft beers and small batch, biodynamic wines.
Its official opening May 26 at 7 p.m. - during Covington's Final Friday Block Party - will feature libations from sponsor Covington Brewhouse.
Lonely Planet created a travel guide for the beer connoisseur, complete with 32 countries across five continents and suggestions for the must-try libation.
The ol' reliable G&T is the quintessential day-to-night libation.
Contrary to the jaundiced press reports that appear every year around race time, the Mint Julep is a fine libation when made with 4 ounces bourbon, 6 sprigs of mint, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and shaved ice.
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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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