One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large two-handled cup, passed around at banquets for each guest to drink from in turn.
- ‘The Betas formed a circle and passed the loving cup around (a ritual our fraternity generally uses when a member is leaving the circle to become engaged).’
- ‘He then toasted the Queen with a 17th-century gold loving cup - valued at the time at £10,000 - before calling for three cheers for Her Majesty.’
- ‘After the traditional toasts to Church and Queen and the ancient house, a drinking horn used for the purpose ever since the college was founded was passed round as a loving cup.’
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