WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
po•tion /ˈpoʊʃən/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a drink having powers of medicine, poison, or magic:He drank a magic potion that changed him into a lizard.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
po•tion  (pōshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a drink or draft, esp. one having or reputed to have medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers:a love potion; a sleeping potion.
  • Latin, as above
  • Anglo-French
  • Latin pōtiōn- (stem of pōtiō) a drinking, equivalent. to pōt(us), variant of pōtātus, past participle of pōtāre to drink + -iōn- -ion; replacing Middle English pocioun
  • Middle English pocion 1300–50
    elixir, brew, concoction, philter.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

potion /ˈpəʊʃən/ n
  1. a drink, esp of medicine, poison, or some supposedly magic beverage
  2. a rare word for beverage
Etymology: 13th Century: via Old French from Latin pōtiō a drink, especially a poisonous one, from pōtāre to drink



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