- a potion thought to arouse sexual love, esp. toward a certain person
- any magic potion
Origin of philterMiddle French philtre ; from Classical Latin philtrum ; from Classical Greek philtron ; from philein, to love
- A love potion.
- A magic potion or charm.
transitive verbphil·tered, phil·ter·ing, phil·ters also phil·tred or phil·tring or phil·tres
Origin of philterFrench philtre, from Old French, from Latin philtrum, from Greek philtron, from philein, to love, from philos, beloved, loving.
(third-person singular simple present philters, present participle philtering, simple past and past participle philtered)
- To impregnate or mix with a love potion.
- to philter a draught
- To charm to love; to excite to love or sexual desire by a potion.
From Ancient Greek φίλτρον (philtron), from φιλέω (phileō, “I love”).