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invitation

[in-vi-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn vɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of inviting.
2.
the written or spoken form with which a person is invited.
3.
something offered as a suggestion:
an invitation to consider a business merger.
4.
attraction or incentive; allurement.
5.
a provocation:
The speech was an invitation to rebellion.
adjective
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin invītātiōn- (stem of invītātiō), equivalent to invītāt(us) (past participle of invītāre to invite) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preinvitation, noun
reinvitation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for preinvitation

invitation

/ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
  2. (as modifier): an invitation dance, an invitation race
2.
the act of enticing or attracting; allurement
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Word Origin and History for preinvitation

invitation

n.

mid-15c., from Latin invitationem (nominative invitatio) "an invitation, incitement, challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward" (see in- (2)). Second element is obscure; Watkins suggests a suffixed form of root *weie- "to go after something, pursue with vigor," and a connection to English gain (see venison). Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person is invited" is from 1610s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for preinvitation

invitation

Related Terms

do you want an engraved invitation


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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