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bacchanal

[n. bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adj. bak-uh-nl] /n. ˌbɑ kəˈnɑl, ˌbæk əˈnæl, ˈbæk ə nl; adj. ˈbæk ə 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
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin Bacchānāl, equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ānāl, probably as back formation from Bacchānālia; see Bacchanalia
Synonyms
3. saturnalia, debauch, spree, carousal.
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British Dictionary definitions for bacchanal

bacchanal

/ˈbækənəl/
noun
1.
a follower of Bacchus
2.
a drunken and riotous celebration
3.
a participant in such a celebration; reveller
adjective
4.
of or relating to Bacchus
Word Origin
C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for bacchanal

1530s (n.); 1540s (adj.), from Latin bacchanalis "having to do with Bacchus" (see Bacchus). Meaning "riotous, drunken roistering; orgy" is from 1711.

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