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bacchant

[bak-uh nt, buh-kant, -kahnt] /ˈbæk ənt, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt/
noun, plural bacchants, bacchantes
[buh-kan-teez, -kahn-] /bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-/ (Show IPA)
1.
a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.
2.
a drunken reveler.
adjective
3.
inclined to revelry.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; < Latin bacchant- (stem of bacchāns, present participle of bacchārī to revel). See Bacchus, -ant
Related forms
bacchantic, adjective

bacchante

[buh-kan-tee, -kahn-, buh-kant, -kahnt] /bəˈkæn ti, -ˈkɑn-, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt/
noun
1.
a female bacchant.
Also called maenad, menad, Thyiad.
Origin
1790-1800; back formation from Latin bacchantēs, feminine plural of bacchāns bacchant; pronunciation with silent -e < French bacchante, feminine of bacchant bacchant
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British Dictionary definitions for bacchantes

bacchant

/ˈbækənt/
noun (pl) bacchants, bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
1.
a priest or votary of Bacchus
2.
a drunken reveller
Word Origin
C17: from Latin bacchāns, from bacchārī to celebrate the bacchanalia

bacchante

/bəˈkæntɪ/
noun (pl) bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
1.
a priestess or female votary of Bacchus
2.
a drunken female reveller
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