from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of drinking together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of drinking or tippling together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of drinking or tippling together.


Latin compotatio; com- + potare to drink. (Wiktionary)


  • But this very reasonable proposal, as it might have elsewhere seemed, contained in it treason against the laws of German compotation.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • Whether those who shared in the compotation were more seasoned topers — whether Middlemas drank more than they — or whether, as he himself afterwards suspected, his cup had been drugged, like those of

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • In his hours of festivity and compotation, drop that he puts you in mind of what Sir William Temple says of the Pensionary De Witt, — who at that time governed half Europe, — that he appeared at balls, assemblies, and public places, as if he had nothing else to do or to think of.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Scythian king Ateas more musical than this comes to, who, when he heard that admirable flutist Ismenias, detained then by him as a prisoner of war, playing upon the flute at a compotation, swore he had rather hear his own horse neigh?

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • * Hermit, too, he has his peculiar phrases of compotation, the


  • The others entered the change-house, leading Edward in unresisting submission; for his landlord whispered him, that to demur to such an overture would be construed into a high misdemeanour against the leges conviviales, or regulations of genial compotation.

    The Waverley

  • Wouldn't you be too old to bring me my whey in the morning soon as I'd awake, perhaps with a severe headache, after the plenary indulgence of a clerical compotation?

    Going to Maynooth Traits and Stories of the Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three

  • Like the Hermit, the Shepherd makes havock amongst the King's game; but by means of a sling, not of a bow; like the Hermit, too, he has his peculiar phrases of compotation, the sign and countersign being Passelodion and Berafriend.

    Ivanhoe. A Romance

  • Aristarch in good humour during the _early_ part of a compotation, till we got drunk enough to make him 'a speech. '

    Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 3 (of 6) With His Letters and Journals

  • I may here mention, that the fashion of compotation described in the text, was still occasionally practised in Scotland in the author's youth.

    Waverley: or, 'Tis sixty years since


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