li·​ba·​tion | \lī-ˈbā-shən \

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 \ adjective

Examples of libation in a Sentence

They offered libations at the temple. We met for a libation after work.

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Small bites, water and libations are all provided, so the festival asks for a donation upon entry to benefit Hope for a Day, a local suicide-prevention organization. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 Saturday Evening Wind down with the libation of your choice. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two days to explore Oconomowoc," 10 June 2018 In the last 12 months, three different bars have emerged throughout Chicagoland with a new approach to libations that some traditionalists might find blasphemous: self-serve taprooms, where customers pour their own beverages straight off the tap. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "New self-serve taprooms in Chicago invite you to pour your own beverage," 3 Oct. 2017 Once men arrived after 5 p.m., seafood and beef dishes were served, and more libations were poured. Sue Strachan,, "Tea for two: Helen Marsh and Mimi Yacoubian celebrated at afternoon fete," 16 Jan. 2018 Location for libations: Pete Valavanis knows a little something about longevity. Griffin Jackson,, "The most diverse street in America? Find color, culture, connectedness on Devon Avenue," 28 June 2018 Naturally, there will be libations — of the alcoholic and nonalcoholic kinds. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 And those 21 and older can indulge in libations from locals Edge Brewing Co. and Lost Grove Brewing. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Celebrate the common good, and maybe even volunteer, at Feed Your Soul Fest," 23 June 2018 The libation of the week: A French 75, ordered at breakfast by Tamica Lee. Mike Scott,, "Goodbye, 'Southern Charm New Orleans'," 4 June 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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The first known use of libation was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of libation

: a liquid that is poured out to honor a god

: an alcoholic drink

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