bacchanal

bacchanal

[n. bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adj. bak-uh-nl]
noun
1.
a follower of Bacchus.
2.
a drunken reveler.
3.
an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
adjective
4.
pertaining to Bacchus; bacchanalian.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin Bacchānāl, equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ānāl, probably as back formation from Bacchānālia; see Bacchanalia


3. saturnalia, debauch, spree, carousal.
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bacchanal (ˈbækənəl)
 
n
1.  a follower of Bacchus
2.  a drunken and riotous celebration
3.  a participant in such a celebration; reveller
 
adj
4.  of or relating to Bacchus
 
[C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus]

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bacchanal
1530s, from L. bacchanalis "having to do with Bacchus" (see Bacchus). Meaning "riotous, drunken roistering; orgy" is from 1711.
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