po·​tion | \ ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio) \

Definition of potion

: a mixture of liquids (such as liquor or medicine)

Examples of potion in a Sentence

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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First Known Use of potion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potion

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

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9 Oct 2021

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“Potion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potion. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of potion

: a drink that is meant to have a special or magical effect on someone


po·​tion | \ ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio) \

Kids Definition of potion

: a drink that is meant to have a special or magical effect on someone


po·​tion | \ ˈpō-shən How to pronounce potion (audio) \

Medical Definition of potion

: a mixed drink (as of liquor) or dose (as of medicine)


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