philtre

[ fil-ter ]
/ ˈfɪl tər /
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noun, verb (used with object), phil·tred, phil·tring. Chiefly British.


Nearby words

  1. philosophism,
  2. philosophize,
  3. philosophy,
  4. philosophy of life,
  5. philter,
  6. philtrum,
  7. phimosis,
  8. phimotic,
  9. phineas,
  10. phineus

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British Dictionary definitions for philtre

philtre

US philter

/ (ˈfɪltə) /

noun

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

philtre

n.

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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