plural -s
: a ballet whose dances are marked by voluptuousness or pagan abandon

Word History


French, back-formation from bacchanales bacchanalia, from Latin bacchanalia

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacchanale was in 1916

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“Bacchanale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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