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loving cup

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noun
  1. a large cup, as of silver, usually with two or more handles, given as a prize, award, token of esteem or affection, etc.
  2. a wine cup, usually of large size with several handles, passed from one person to another, as at a farewell gathering.
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Origin of loving cup

First recorded in 1800–10
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Examples from the Web for loving cup

Historical Examples

  • Tell me rather what didst mean by the loving-cup thou sendst me?

    Standish of Standish

    Jane G. Austin

  • Now we'll have a drink out of the loving-cup to Mary and Sir Thomas.

    The Angel

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • At the Temple the custom of the Loving-cup is strictly observed.

    Cups and their Customs

    George Edwin Roberts

  • There was about him no suggestion that he meant to make a loving-cup of it.

    Ladies and Gentlemen 

    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb

  • One carries the velvet-covered address, another, the loving-cup.


British Dictionary definitions for loving cup

loving cup

noun
  1. a large vessel, usually two-handled, out of which people drink in turn at a banquet
  2. a similar cup awarded to the winner of a competition
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