noun, verb (used with object), phil·tred, phil·tring. Chiefly British. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for philtre

Historical Examples of philtre

  • The philtre was in her veins, whatever the directions of the rational mind.

  • Then he whispered again, 'I will give you a philtre that has never failed.


    F. Marion Crawford

  • Magic or no magic, philtre or no philtre, it was not long before Lady Essex had her wish.

    She Stands Accused

    Victor MacClure

  • What philtre do those baggages give you to rob you of your wits?

    Cousin Betty

    Honore de Balzac

  • It issued in that always; in some plan or scheme for gaining possession of the philtre.

    The Long Night

    Stanley Weyman

British Dictionary definitions for philtre


US philter


a drink supposed to arouse love, desire, etc

Word Origin for philtre

C16: from Latin philtrum, from Greek philtron love potion, from philos loving
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Word Origin and History for philtre

also philter, "love potion," 1580s, from Middle French philtre (1560s), from Latin philtrum (plural philtra) "love potion," from Greek philtron "a love-charm," literally "to make oneself beloved," from philein "to love" (from philos "loving;" see philo-) + instrumental suffix -tron.

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