Definition of libation in English:

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Pronunciation: /līˈbāSHən/


1A drink poured out as an offering to a deity.
Example sentences
  • Possibly these cups were used in the performance of cult, such as feasting by the worshippers and offering of libations to the deities.
  • When one pagan group was ordered to dismantle a totem pole over which libations were poured, they simply placed a bust of Lenin on top and continued as before.
  • All libations denote a sacrifice to the deity, but the one in the meal-context denotes a sharing with the god as all partake of the same drinking of wine.
liquid offering, offering, tribute, oblation
1.1The pouring out of a drink as an offering to a deity: gin was poured in libation
More example sentences
  • Other participants perform libation using Scotch or other similar liquor by pouring from a ram's horn.
  • Wine and beer were frequently offered, among many other foods and drinks, to deities as part of the cult, and the practice of libation was widespread in temple ritual.
  • When we refer to ‘they made a libation of water’, a libation is simply pouring a drink offering.
1.2 humorous A drink: they steadily worked their way through free food and the occasional libation
More example sentences
  • Conveniently, brother John Paul's favourite football team are sponsored by his favourite libation.
  • Anyone remotely familiar with Germany knows that beer, wine, and other libations, such as Most and Korn, play a significant role in its culture and society.
  • Please allow us to suggest some crowd-pleasing libations based on your menu selections as well as budget and palate preferences.
(alcoholic) drink, beverage, liquid refreshment;
dram, draft, nip, shot
informal tipple, nightcap, pick-me-up
archaic potation


Late Middle English: from Latin libatio(n-), from libare 'pour as an offering'.

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Syllabification: li·ba·tion

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