[ lahy-bey-shuhn ]
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  1. a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity.

  2. the liquid poured out.

  1. Often Facetious.

    • an intoxicating beverage, as wine, especially when drunk in ceremonial or celebrative situations.

    • an act or instance of drinking such a beverage.

Origin of libation

1350–1400; Middle English libacio(u)n<Latin lībātiōn- (stem of lībātiō) a drink offering, equivalent to lībāt(us) (past participle of lībāre to pour; cognate with Greek leíbein) + -iōn--ion

Other words from libation

  • li·ba·tion·al, li·ba·tion·ar·y, adjective

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How to use libation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for libation


/ (laɪˈbeɪʃən) /

    • the pouring out of wine, etc, in honour of a deity

    • the liquid so poured out

  1. usually facetious an alcoholic drink

Origin of libation

C14: from Latin lībātiō, from lībāre to pour an offering of drink

Derived forms of libation

  • libational or libationary, adjective

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