[ lahy-bey-shuh n ]
/ laɪˈbeɪ ʃən /


a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity.
the liquid poured out.
Often Facetious.
  1. an intoxicating beverage, as wine, especially when drunk in ceremonial or celebrative situations.
  2. an act or instance of drinking such a beverage.

Words nearby libation

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


li·ba·tion·al, li·ba·tion·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for libation

/ (laɪˈbeɪʃən) /


  1. the pouring out of wine, etc, in honour of a deity
  2. the liquid so poured out
usually facetious an alcoholic drink

Derived forms of libation

libational or libationary, adjective

Word Origin for libation

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