loving cup

noun

1
: a large ornamental drinking vessel with two or more handles
2
: a loving cup given as a token or trophy

Examples of loving cup in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Black base, opposing handles, classic loving cup design. Dallas News, 8 Dec. 2022 Back then, a blindfolded Elections Board chairman plucked the winner’s name from a silver loving cup. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2018 Moss won after his name was drawn from a silver loving cup, according to a 1971 Washington Post story. Jenna Portnoy, chicagotribune.com, 22 Dec. 2017 The ruling left the race for a Fairfax House seat dead even, leading to a tie-breaking drawing from a silver loving cup. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, 31 Dec. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

from its former use in ceremonial drinking

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of loving cup was in 1812

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“Loving cup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loving%20cup. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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