- 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
Examples from the Web for loving cup
Historical Examples of loving cup
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.Plays by Chekhov, Second Series
- 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