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loving cup

a large cup, as of silver, usually with two or more handles, given as a prize, award, token of esteem or affection, etc.
a wine cup, usually of large size with several handles, passed from one person to another, as at a farewell gathering.
Origin of loving cup
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • All sipped from the cup, much as folks do from a loving cup nowadays.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • We two can feed from one spoon; it is a closer, bond than the loving cup.

  • "A loving cup," said Gladsden, tasting the cup, whilst Oliver refused his.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
  • He was also presented with a loving cup and the keys of the city.

    The Crow's Nest Clarence Day, Jr.
  • The loving cup was going round and the speeches were to begin.

    Letters of a Diplomat's Wife Mary King Waddington
  • Fill up and drain the loving cup And leave no drop to waste!

    Songs from Vagabondia Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
  • About midnight the college butler passed a loving cup of mulled wine of a spicy smoothness to fill your veins with liquid joy.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • After the loving cup had gone about, the fellows cleared away the tables and danced a stag.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • She told us in a burst of confidence that night after we had been given the loving cup.

  • Just after supper pass the loving cup filled with claret, or fruit punch or cider.

    Suppers Paul Pierce
British Dictionary definitions for loving cup

loving cup

a large vessel, usually two-handled, out of which people drink in turn at a banquet
a similar cup awarded to the winner of a competition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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