potion

[ poh-shuhn ]
/ ˈpoʊ ʃən /

noun

a drink or draft, especially one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers: a love potion; a sleeping potion.

Origin of potion

1300–50; Middle English pocion < Latin pōtiōn- (stem of pōtiō) a drinking, equivalent to pōt(us), variant of pōtātus, past participle of pōtāre to drink + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English pocioun < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Can be confusedportion potion
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British Dictionary definitions for potion

potion

/ (ˈpəʊʃən) /

noun

a drink, esp of medicine, poison, or some supposedly magic beverage
a rare word for beverage

Word Origin for potion

C13: via Old French from Latin pōtiō a drink, especially a poisonous one, from pōtāre to drink
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Word Origin and History for potion

potion


n.

c.1300, pocioun "medicinal drink," from Old French pocion "potion, draught, medicine" (12c.), from Latin potionem (nominative potio) "a potion, a drinking," also "poisonous draught, magic potion," from potus, irregular past participle of potare "to drink," from PIE root *po(i)- "to drink" (cf. Sanskrit pati "drinks," panam "beverage;" Greek pinein "to drink," poton "that which one drinks," potos "drinking bout;" Old Church Slavonic piti "to drink," pivo "beverage"). Potus as a past participle adjective in Latin meant "drunken."

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Medicine definitions for potion

potion

[ pōshən ]

n.

A liquid medicinal dose or drink.
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