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  • noun A drinking song in which each person is toasted


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After the Italian city.


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  • Libiamo, libiamo ne'lieti calici

    che la belleza infiora.

    E la fuggevol, fuggevol ora s'inebrii

    a voluttà.

    Libiamo ne'dolci fremiti

    che suscita l'amore,

    poiché quell'ochio al core omnipotente va.

    Libiamo, amore, amore fra i calici

    più caldi baci avrà.

    July 5, 2008

  • When sailors come in from the windy sea

    They drink rumbo and porter and gin freely

    They sway on their benches

    With sweet willing wenches

    And hoist high their seidels in brindisi.

    June 12, 2014

  • The etymology provided here seems to be a folk etymology. The Wikipedia entry is more enlightening: "The word is Italian, but it derives from an old German phrase, (ich) bring dir's – "(I) offer it to you", which at one time was used to introduce a toast.”

    The name is given to a sub-genre of music in opera.

    The folk etymology relies on the theory that Roman soldiers departing from Brindisi drank toasts to their success in conquering the world.

    June 12, 2014