Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of drinking.
  • n. A drink, especially an alcoholic beverage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of drinking.
  • n. A drink, especially of an alcoholic beverage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of drinking.
  • n. A draught.
  • n. Drink; beverage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of drinking; drinking.
  • n. A drinking-bout; a drinking-party; a compotation; especially, an annual entertainment formerly given by schoolmasters to their pupils. See potation-penny.
  • n. A drink; a draught.
  • n. A liquor drunk; a drink; a beverage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a serving of drink (usually alcoholic) drawn from a keg
  • n. the act of drinking (especially an alcoholic drink)

Etymologies

Middle English potacion, from Old French, from Latin pōtātiō, pōtātiōn-, a drinking party, from pōtātus, past participle of pōtāre, to drink, from pōtus, a drink; see pō(i)- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Unfortunately, municipal water treatment nowadays means more than just water cleansed of poop, pee, and various other nasty bits of stuff in order to make for a potable potation coming out of your tap.

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  • One potation in particular caught my attention, an “Irish car bomb”.

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  • There was a laugh among the yeomen who witnessed this pottle-deep potation, so obstreperous as to rouse and disturb the King, who, raising his finger, said angrily, “How, knaves, no respect, no observance?”

    The Talisman

  • Your ploughman, I suppose, becoming one degree poorer than he was born to be, would only go without his dinner, or without his usual potation of ale.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • These last words were spoken aside; but the Englishman could not fail to perceive, from the wry mouths of some of the party who were possessed of a nicer palate, that they were as much afraid as himself of a repetition of the acid potation.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • He had added to their nightly meal cups of a heady and intoxicating cordial, of ten times the strength of the most powerful wine, under which several of the fraternity had succumbed, and indeed, although the Sacristan had been strong to resist its influence, they might yet see, from his inflamed countenance and thick speech, that even he, the accuser himself, was in some degree affected by this unhallowed potation.

    Quentin Durward

  • Oliver eagerly accepted it, raised it to his head with a trembling hand, imbibed the contents with lips which quivered with emotion, and, though the potation was as thin as he had requested, so much was he exhausted with the combined fears of alarm and of former revelry, that, when he placed the flagon on the oak table, he uttered a deep sigh of satisfaction, and remained silent.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • As a matter of fact, it could well be just like those presents...unless the Government wisely invests in arboriferous potation receptacles.

    Stimulating Your Interest

  • Goby made vigorous play with the claret-bottle during the brief interval of potation allowed to him; he, too, little deeming that he should never drink bumper there again; Clive looking on with the melancholy and silent acquiescence which had, of late, been his part in the household.

    The Newcomes

  • Between ourselves, honest reader, it is no very strong potation which the present purveyor offers to you.

    The Kickleburys on the Rhine

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