1. a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
; - Example: "an invitation to lunch"- Example: "she threw the invitation away"
2. a tempting allurement
; - Example: "she was an invitation to trouble"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Invitation \In`vi*ta"tion\, n. [L. invitatio: cf. F. invitation.
1. The act of inviting; solicitation; the requesting of a
person's company; as, an invitation to a party, to a
dinner, or to visit a friend.
2. A document written or printed, or spoken words, conveying
the message by which one is invited.
3. Allurement; enticement. [R.]
She gives the leer of invitation. --Shak.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present
or take part in something; "an invitation to lunch"; "she
threw the invitation away"
2: a tempting allurement; "she was an invitation to trouble"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
85 Moby Thesaurus words for "invitation":
advance, agacerie, allure, allurement, appeal, approach,
asking price, attraction, attractiveness, bait, beguilement,
beguiling, bewitchery, bewitchment, bid, biddance, bidding,
blandishment, bribe, cajolery, call, calling, captivation, carrot,
charisma, charm, charmingness, come-hither, draw, enchantment,
encouragement, engraved invitation, enthrallment, enticement,
entrapment, fascination, feeler, fillip, flirtation,
forbidden fruit, glamour, incentive, incitement, inducement,
interest, inveiglement, invite, lure, magnetism, offer, offering,
overture, payment, percentage, persuasive, preliminary approach,
presentation, proffer, profit, proposition, provocation, pull,
request, reward, seducement, seduction, seductiveness, sex appeal,
snaring, stimulation, stimulative, stimulus, submission,
suggestion, summons, sweetener, sweetening, tantalization,
temptation, tentative approach, whet, winning ways, winsomeness,