Definition of potation in English:



humorous, archaic
  • 1A drink.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the patrons at his restaurant would like to indulge in a decadent potation, they will have to choose between Dom Perignon and Krug.’
    1. 1.1The action of drinking something, especially alcohol.
      ‘I intend to abstain from potation’
    2. 1.2A drinking bout.
      ‘the dreadful potations of his youth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps Shakespeare had particular reason when, in 1598, he had the bibulous Sir John Falstaff complain so bitterly on the subject of ‘thin potations’.’
      drinking bout, debauch
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin potatio(n-), from potare to drink.