po·​tion ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio)
: a mixture of liquids (such as liquor or medicine)

Example Sentences

He drank the fatal potion. The hero in the play is given a magic potion so that he will fall in love with the princess.
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Word History


Middle English pocioun, from Anglo-French poisun, pocioun drink, potion, from Latin potion-, potio, from potare to drink — more at potable

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of potion was in the 14th century

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“Potion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potion. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


po·​tion ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio)
: a mixture of liquids (as a medicine or poison)

Medical Definition


po·​tion ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio)
: a mixed drink (as of liquor) or dose (as of medicine)
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