prelibation

[ pree-lahy-bey-shuhn ]
/ ˌpri laɪˈbeɪ ʃən /

noun

a foretaste.

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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
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Example sentences from the Web for prelibation

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

    L-bas|J. K. Huysmans

British Dictionary definitions for prelibation

prelibation
/ (ˌpriːlaɪˈbeɪʃən) /

noun

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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