noun Etymology: Middle English potacioun, from Anglo-French potation, from Latin potation-, potatio act of drinking, from potare to drink — more at potable Date: 15th century 1. a usually alcoholic drink or brew 2. the act or an instance of drinking or inhaling; also the portion taken in one such act

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  • Potation — Po*ta tion, n. [L. potatio, fr. potare. See {Potable}.] 1. The act of drinking. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. A draught. Potations pottle deep. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Drink; beverage. Thin potations. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Potation — (lat.), das Trinken, Zechgelage …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • potation — index alcohol, dipsomania, inebriation Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • potation — early 15c., from O.Fr. potacion, from L. potationem, noun of action from potare “to drink” (see POTION (Cf. potion)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • potation — [pō tā′shən] n. [ME potacion < MFr < L potatio < potare, to drink: see POTABLE] 1. the act of drinking 2. a drink or draft, esp. of liquor …   English World dictionary

  • potation — /poh tay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of drinking. 2. a drink or draft, esp. of an alcoholic beverage. [1400 50; late ME potacion < L potation (s. of potatio) a drinking, equiv. to potat(us) (ptp. of potare to drink) + ion ION] * * * …   Universalium

  • potation —    an alcoholic drink    Literally, the act of drinking, whence anything drunk:     ... returned next day only partially recovered from the potation that had celebrated the event. (Somerville and Ross, 1894) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • potation — n. 1 a drink. 2 the act or an instance of drinking. 3 (usu. in pl.) the act or an instance of tippling. Derivatives: potatory adj. Etymology: ME f. OF potation or L potatio f. potare drink …   Useful english dictionary

  • potation — noun a) The act of drinking. b) A drink, especially of an alcoholic beverage …   Wiktionary

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