Definition of potation in English:



humorous, archaic
  • 1An alcoholic drink.

    ‘lite potations are very American’
    • ‘When the patrons at his restaurant would like to indulge in a decadent potation, they will have to choose between Dom Perignon and Krug.’
    • ‘Bland is simply a preparation of whey, but owing to the quality of the grass or to the climate becomes here a truly palatable and nourishing potation.’
    • ‘The leader of that Party is put down as a dry sherry man, a potation now associated, if at all, with golf club socials that are likely to be all-white and elderly.’
    1. 1.1[mass noun]The action of drinking alcohol.
      ‘you did rather abstain from potation’
    2. 1.2A drinking bout.
      ‘he became somewhat bloated in middle age, and his potations did not improve his appearance’
      • ‘But, indeed, nature herself seemed to have been his vintner, and at his birth charged him so thoroughly with an irritable, brandy-like disposition, that all subsequent potations were needless.’
      • ‘Taken to task by his wife for a prolonged visit at the village inn, the clerk threatened in dudgeon to return to his potations, and did indeed set out again with this in mind.’
      • ‘Perhaps Shakespeare had particular reason when, in 1598, he had the bibulous Sir John Falstaff complain so bitterly on the subject of ‘thin potations’.’
      • ‘Shakespeare makes the point that even the other beer-and-whisky drinking northern Europeans are nothing, in the size of their potations, compared with the Englishman.’
      drinking bout, debauch
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin potatio(n-), from potare to drink.