Bacchae

plural noun
Bac·​chae | \ ˈba-ˌkē How to pronounce Bacchae (audio) , -ˌkī\

Definition of Bacchae

1 : the female attendants or priestesses of Bacchus
2 : the women participating in the Bacchanalia

First Known Use of Bacchae

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Bacchae

Latin, from Greek Bakchai, from Bakchos Bacchus

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