oblation

noun
ob·​la·​tion | \ ə-ˈblā-shən How to pronounce oblation (audio) , ō- \

Definition of oblation

1 : the act of making a religious offering specifically, capitalized : the act of offering the eucharistic elements to God
2 : something offered in worship or devotion : a holy gift offered usually at an altar or shrine

Examples of oblation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with each rise also comes an eventual fade away — to make room for the next month’s oblation. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Twitter’s White Boy of the Month Meme Is a Match Made in Heaven Between Celebrity and Internet Culture," 26 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'oblation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of oblation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oblation

Middle English oblacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French oblacion, borrowed from Late Latin oblātiōn-, oblātiō "offering, sacrifice, offering of the eucharistic elements," going back to Latin, "offering, tender, presentation," from oblā-, suppletive stem of offerre "to put in a person's path, provide, offer entry 1" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action — more at tolerate

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about oblation

Time Traveler for oblation

Time Traveler

The first known use of oblation was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for oblation

Cite this Entry

“Oblation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oblation. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

More from Merriam-Webster on oblation

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for oblation

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about oblation

Comments on oblation

What made you want to look up oblation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Words of Snow and Ice Quiz

  • image1037863653
  • Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!