from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. (noun) A drink credited with magical power, which can make the one who takes it love the one who gave it; a love potion.


  • Arkwright thought her eyes wonderful; the sweet, powerful yet delicate odor of the lilac sachet powder with which her every garment was saturated set upon his senses like a love-philter.

    The Fashionable Adventures of Joshua Craig; a Novel

  • The fraulein came on deck as soon as we all went down with sea-sickness, and bewitched him with her eyes. It must have been her eyes; they are yellow -- witch's eyes. Or maybe that cheap smell about her is a love-philter!

    Frances Waldeaux

  • 'Behold,' the charlatan was shouting, 'the marvellous Egyptian love-philter distilled from the pearl that the great Emperor Antony dropped into Queen Cleopatra's cup.'

    The Valley of Decision


'Philter' on its own means 'love potion,' thus 'love-philter' is literally 'love love potion.' 'Philter' comes from the Greek 'philein,' to love. 'Love' comes from the Old English 'lufu,' love, affection, friendliness.