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[buh-kan-tee, -kahn-, buh-kant, -kahnt] /bəˈkæn ti, -ˈkɑn-, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt/
a female bacchant.
Also called maenad, menad, Thyiad.
Origin of bacchante
1790-1800; back formation from Latin bacchantēs, feminine plural of bacchāns bacchant; pronunciation with silent -e < French bacchante, feminine of bacchant bacchant Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The eyes and hair are painted, and in one instance the features of a bacchante can be recognized.

  • This was met by a counter taunt from us, "'Iron Duke' can do 'bacchante'—200 dollars."

    In Eastern Seas J. J. Smith
  • She was some beauty—like the picture of Lady Hamilton dressed as a bacchante.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • At the head of the procession is a bacchante, riding on a panther.

  • There was the frenzy of a bacchante in her eyes, and her teeth gleamed between the lips parted with a smile of cruel glee.

  • There was no mistaking the earnestness of the bacchante's fire.

    Australia in Arms Phillip F.E. Schuler
  • The bacchante did some splendid firing, right into the trenches every time.

    Five Months at Anzac Joseph Lievesley Beeston
  • Diana was there in heaven; his bacchante was beside him lying on the horses pinions.

    Life of John Keats William Michael Rossetti
  • In the background a bacchante sounds her tympanum, and invites the followers of the god to descend from the mountains.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • When the bacchante of revenge awakes, it is with milder feelings in her heart: 'O brother mine, Matteo!

British Dictionary definitions for bacchante


noun (pl) bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
a priestess or female votary of Bacchus
a drunken female reveller
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