noun, plural Bac·cha·na·li·a, Bac·cha·na·li·as.

  1. (sometimes used with a plural verb) a festival in honor of Bacchus.Compare Dionysia.
  2. (lowercase) a drunken feast; orgy.

pl n

  1. (often capital) orgiastic rites associated with Bacchus
  2. any drunken revelry

“drunken revelry,” 1630s, from the name of the Roman festival held in honor of Bacchus, from neuter plural of Latin bacchanalis (see bacchanal). A participant is a Bacchant (1690s), fem. Bacchante, from French. The plural of both is Bacchantes.

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