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loving cup

a large cup, as of silver, usually with two or more handles, given as a prize, award, token of esteem or affection, etc.
a wine cup, usually of large size with several handles, passed from one person to another, as at a farewell gathering.
Origin of loving cup
1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As far back as knowledge goes, the loving-cup has always been drunk at English banquets.

    The Prince and The Pauper, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • At the Temple the custom of the loving-cup is strictly observed.

    Cups and their Customs George Edwin Roberts
  • Ever since the college has observed that day, and yearly the members pledge each other in a loving-cup, Jus suum cuique.

    Oxford and its Story Cecil Headlam
  • There was about him no suggestion that he meant to make a loving-cup of it.

    Ladies and Gentlemen
    Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
  • And think of that loving-cup sitting up, with Won by Camp Karonya, on it!

    Winona of the Camp Fire Margaret Widdemer
  • Even at the present day, the loving-cup and decanters are handed to the right around the social board.

  • He looked at that loving-cup with some pricking of conscience; he had to confess that such a gift was capable of misconstruction.

    Prince Fortunatus William Black
  • He had been too long without it, too long to endure the craving aroused by that gay draught from Quarrier's loving-cup.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • Tell me rather what didst mean by the loving-cup thou sendst me?

    Standish of Standish Jane G. Austin
  • The bride-cup was the bowl or loving-cup in which the bridegroom pledged the bride, and she him.

British Dictionary definitions for loving-cup

loving cup

a large vessel, usually two-handled, out of which people drink in turn at a banquet
a similar cup awarded to the winner of a competition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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