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.
Recent Examples on the Web As for the libations, saleswomen carrying kegs of beer on their backs walk around the stadiums, are ready to serve up cold pints to spectators. Coy Wire And Vivien Jones, CNN, "The surprising experience of a Tokyo baseball game," 25 Oct. 2019 Pouring the libations for the evening were Art Johnson, Cindy Crane and Pam Wiedenbeck. La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: ‘Floaters’ hold Oktoberfest mixer, new deb class starts at Thursday Club," 7 Oct. 2019 Father Gabriele Bortolami, an Italian priest and professor of anthropology, poured libations onto the floor in honor of the ancestors. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019 Don is a beekeeper with a hive on the edge of the front garden that yielded about 40 pounds of honey this summer, now bottled or on its way to becoming that favorite medieval libation, mead. Washington Post, "Lawns are in retreat. Is suburbia ready for the frontward veggie garden?," 11 Sep. 2019 Food and libations will be favorites from Hofbrauhaus including (in the express lane) pretzels, bratwurst, non-alcoholic beverages, hot dogs, desserts including apple strudel and pretzel bread pudding. Sam Boyer,, "Community park gets a facelift: Whit & Whimsey," 6 Sep. 2019 Day 15: Laid back libations: Sip craft beer and cocktails on the spacious, laid back patio at Peckish Pig, located a few blocks west of the Howard Red Line, on the border of Rogers Park and Evanston. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "It’s not over yet — here are 25 things you should do in Chicago before the end of summer," 29 Aug. 2019 Features traditional foods, gifts, children’s events, libations, Louisville Irish Dancers and McClanahan Irish Dancers. The Courier-Journal, "75+ fun things, including Halloween creeps, for week of Sept. 21-27," 20 Sep. 2017 Organizers of the preview showcased many colorful libations, including the eye-popping Prosecco and Chill. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The new Silverspot Cinema in Brookfield features an indoor and outdoor cocktail lounge," 10 July 2019

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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

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

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