Definition of potation in English:


Pronunciation /pōˈtāSHən/ /poʊˈteɪʃən/


  • 1archaic, humorous A drink.

    ‘lite potations are very American’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    beverage, drinkable liquid, potable liquid, liquid refreshment, thirst quencher
    1. 1.1The action of drinking alcohol.
      • ‘I intend to abstain from potation’
    2. 1.2often potationsA 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’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      drinking bout, debauch


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