- 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
Examples from the Web for libation
If liquor and dessert are equally essential to you enjoying the holiday, at least choose your libation wisely.12 Thanksgiving Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work|DailyBurn|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A libation that would not weigh our hero down, but could take flight right alongside the Green Lantern himself.
The Grand Commander asked me if I had any repugnance to participate in the fifth libation.The Mysteries of Free Masonry|William Morgan
Dabbs owes a treat, and we have resolved that the libation shall be made under the eye of our own queen.Quodlibet|John P. Kennedy
A second libation followed, this time to “Athene the Keeper of the City.”Callias|Alfred John Church
And a buck goat for a sin offering besides the perpetual holocaust, and the sacrifice and the libation thereof.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
On the right side of the altar was a male figure making a libation.
British Dictionary definitions for libation
- the pouring out of wine, etc, in honour of a deity
- the liquid so poured out
Word Origin for libation
Word Origin and History for libation
late 14c., "pouring out of wine in honor of a god," from Latin libationem (nominative libatio) "a drink offering," noun of action from past participle stem of libare "pour out (an offering)," from PIE *(s)leib- "to pour, drop" (cf. Greek leibein "to pour, make a libation"), an enlargement of root *lei- "to pour, to flow" (cf. Sanskrit riyati "to let run;" Greek aleison "a wine vessel;" Lithuanian lieju "to pour," lytus "rain;" Hittite lilai- "to let go;" Albanian lyse, lise "a stream;" Welsh lliant "a stream, a sea," llifo "to flow;" Old Irish lie "a flood;" Breton livad "inundation;" Gaelic lighe "a flood, overflow;" Gothic leithu "fruit wine;" Old Church Slavonic liti, lêju, Bulgarian leja "I pour;" Czech liti, leji, Old Polish lić "to pour"). Transferred sense of "liquid poured out to be drunk" is from 1751. Related: Libations.