Definition of potation in English:


Line breaks: po|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /pə(ʊ)ˈteɪʃ(ə)n


archaic or • humorous
  • 1An alcoholic drink: lite potations are very American
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    • The leader of that Party is put down as a dry sherry man, a potation now associated, if at all, with golf club socials that are likely to be all-white and elderly.
    • When the patrons at his restaurant would like to indulge in a decadent potation, they will have to choose between Dom Perignon and Krug.
    • Bland is simply a preparation of whey, but owing to the quality of the grass or to the climate becomes here a truly palatable and nourishing potation.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of drinking alcohol: you did rather abstain from potation
  • 1.2 (often potations) A drinking bout: he became somewhat bloated in middle age, and his potations did not improve his appearance
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    • Perhaps Shakespeare had particular reason when, in 1598, he had the bibulous Sir John Falstaff complain so bitterly on the subject of ‘thin potations’.
    • But, indeed, nature herself seemed to have been his vintner, and at his birth charged him so thoroughly with an irritable, brandy-like disposition, that all subsequent potations were needless.
    • Shakespeare makes the point that even the other beer-and-whisky drinking northern Europeans are nothing, in the size of their potations, compared with the Englishman.


late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin potatio(n-), from potare 'to drink'.

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