plural noun

Di·​o·​ny·​sia ˌdī-ə-ˈni-zhē-ə How to pronounce Dionysia (audio) -ˈnē- How to pronounce Dionysia (audio)
: ancient Greek festival observances held in seasonal cycles in honor of Dionysus
especially : such observances marked by dramatic performances

Examples of Dionysia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their plays premiered at the annual City Dionysia, a festival that was held on the slopes of the Acropolis each spring, drawing large audiences. Teju Cole, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Greek, from neuter plural of dionysios of Dionysus, from Dionysos

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dionysia was in 1812

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“Dionysia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dionysia. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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