Definition of potation in US English:

potation

noun

humorous, archaic
  • 1A drink.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    beverage, drinkable liquid, potable liquid, liquid refreshment, thirst quencher
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    1. 1.1 The action of drinking alcohol.
      ‘I intend to abstain from potation’
    2. 1.2often potations A drinking bout.
      ‘the dreadful potations of his youth’
      • ‘Perhaps Shakespeare had particular reason when, in 1598, he had the bibulous Sir John Falstaff complain so bitterly on the subject of ‘thin potations’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin potatio(n-), from potare ‘to drink’.

Pronunciation

potation

/pōˈtāSHən//poʊˈteɪʃən/