libation

noun
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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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, cleveland.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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 The secret to Two Roots is water-soluble THC, which skips your liver, producing a cannabis libation that hits quickly and lightly and doesn’t linger in your system. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The Verge, "Big Alcohol is pouring," 30 July 2019 This convivial cocktail lounge, accessible by invitation only, offers a menu of libations made with top-shelf Japanese sakes and whiskeys. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, "An Insider’s Guide to the Little Tokyo of Mexico City," 23 Jan. 2019 Even more striking, a dish painted by Pierre II Chapelle (Rouen c. 1725-30) depicts the wine god, Bacchus, about to enjoy a libation freshly squeezed by a merry putto. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 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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libation

noun

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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