|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|
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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