loving cup

loving cup

noun
1.
a large cup, as of silver, usually with two or more handles, given as a prize, award, token of esteem or affection, etc.
2.
a wine cup, usually of large size with several handles, passed from one person to another, as at a farewell gathering.

Origin:
1800–10

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loving cup
 
n
1.  a large vessel, usually two-handled, out of which people drink in turn at a banquet
2.  a similar cup awarded to the winner of a competition

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loving cup

large, two-handled cup, often made of silver, that may take many forms. In the past, at weddings, banquets, or meetings, a loving cup might be shared by a number of persons for ceremonial drinking, symbolizing friendship and unity. Loving cups are often given as trophies to winners of games or other competitions. The French coupe de mariage is a somewhat shallow form of loving cup.

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