Is there a word to describe a traditional interjection (in any language) made before drinking?

Examples include:

  1. Cheers! (English)
  2. ¡Salud! (Spanish)
  3. Prost! (German)
  4. !לחיים (Hebrew)

A close fit is toast, but this can also be used to describe any form of speech which is made before drinking, including long-winded soliloquies. I'm looking for a word that's more specific to traditional one- or two-word interjections.

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I have only ever seen it referred to as a toast.

A toast may be as simple as raising a glass before you drink, or be a short comment ("L'chaim!") or, as you have pointed out, something more elaborate.

Tribute, salute, salutation, wassail, drink can be used, but toast is more popular.

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    If you proposed a wassail in our local, the barman probably wouldn't serve you any more drink. Dec 6, 2013 at 9:42
  • I was hoping for something more specific, but thanks :)
    – p.s.w.g
    Dec 7, 2013 at 17:02
  • Salute is pretty good, that'd be my next favorite. Dec 10, 2013 at 8:11

The only words I can think of besides toast might be address, token, or honor, but these aren't as good as toast - just throwing them out there as alternatives.

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