- The definition of a libation is an alcoholic drink or the pouring of wine or oil as a religious ritual.
An example of a libation is a beer.
Friends enjoying a libation together.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- the ritual of pouring out wine or oil upon the ground as a sacrifice to a god
- the liquid so poured out
- an alcoholic drink or the act of drinking: used humorously
Origin: Middle English libacioun from Classical Latin libatio from libare, to taste, pour out from Indo-European base an unverified form lei-, to pour from source Glassical Greek leibein
- libational adjective
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- a. The pouring of a liquid offering as a religious ritual.b. The liquid so poured.
- Informal a. A beverage, especially an intoxicating beverage.b. The act of drinking an intoxicating beverage.
Origin: Middle English libacioun, from Latin lībātiō, lībātiōn-, from lībātus, past participle of lībāre, to pour out as an offering.
- li·baˈtion·arˌy adjective