bacchanal

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin Bacchānālis (of or pertaining to Bacchus). See Bacchanalia.

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bacchanal (comparative more bacchanal, superlative most bacchanal)

  1. Relating to Bacchus or his festival.
    • 1819, Lord Byron, Don Juan, I:
      Sweet is the vintage, when the showering grapes / In Bacchanal profusion reel to earth, / Purple and gushing [...].
  2. Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.

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Noun[edit]

bacchanal (plural bacchanals)

  1. A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser.
  2. (in the plural) The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.
  3. Drunken revelry; an orgy.
  4. A song or a dance in honor of Bacchus.

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