plural noun

Bac·​chae ˈba-ˌkē How to pronounce Bacchae (audio)
: the female attendants or priestesses of Bacchus
: the women participating in the Bacchanalia

Examples of Bacchae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The final show of the series features Big Cry Country and Bacchae. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2022 Dead cattle hanging from hooks allude to the animals killed by followers of Dionysus in The Bacchae. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, 29 July 2021

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Bakchai, from Bakchos Bacchus

First Known Use

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bacchae was in 1639

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Cite this Entry

“Bacchae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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