[pree-lahy-bey-shuh n]


a foretaste.

Origin of prelibation

1520–30; < Late Latin praelībātiōn- (stem of praelībātiō) a foretaste, anticipation, equivalent to praelībāt(us) (past participle of praelībāre to taste beforehand) + -iōn- -ion. See pre-, libation Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prelibation

Historical Examples of prelibation

  • I am sure that to them the invocation of Beelzebub is a prelibation of carnality.


    J. K. Huysmans

British Dictionary definitions for prelibation



rare an advance taste or sample; foretaste

Word Origin for prelibation

C16: from Late Latin praelībātiō a tasting beforehand, offering of the first fruits, from Latin prae before + lībāre to taste
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