saturnalia


sat·ur·na·lia

noun plural but singular or plural in construction \ˌsa-tər-ˈnāl-yə, -ˈnā-lē-ə\

Definition of SATURNALIA

1
capitalized :  the festival of Saturn in ancient Rome beginning on December 17
2
singular, plural saturnalias also saturnalia
a :  an unrestrained often licentious celebration :  orgy
b :  excess, extravagance
sat·ur·na·lian \-ˈnāl-yən, -ˈnā-lē-ən\ adjective
sat·ur·na·lian·ly adverb

Origin of SATURNALIA

Latin, from neuter plural of saturnalis of Saturn, from Saturnus
First Known Use: 1591

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