bac·​cha·​na·​lia | \ ˌba-kə-ˈnāl-yə How to pronounce bacchanalia (audio) , ˌbä-\
plural bacchanalia

Definition of bacchanalia

1 Bacchanalia plural : a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry

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bacchanalian \ ˌba-​kə-​ˈnāl-​yən How to pronounce bacchanalian (audio) , ˌbä-​ \ adjective or noun

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And the move to ban outside alcohol has also been credited with taming the debauchery of the infield, as the jockey club has since emphasized music over bacchanalia. Christina Tkacik,, "Preakness 2018 attendees face stricter regulations on outside food, drink," 18 May 2018 Their bacchanalia of a playoff series begins with Game 1 tonight. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 14 May 2018 Some billionaires find Vegas irresistible for its bacchanalia, but Steyer was drinking seltzer with cranberry juice, light on the juice. Max Abelson,, "Call Him Mr. Impeachment: Tom Steyer’s War Against Donald Trump," 25 Apr. 2018 One of Tape One would start slow and mellow — guest-arrival music — then build in tempo and intensity until somewhere around Tape Three the bacchanalia soundtrack kicked in. Washington Post, "Party like it’s 1989: What should you do with all those old cassette mix tapes?," 25 Feb. 2018 Another theory suggested that playing drums in the streets in the night — especially during the bacchanalia of Carnival season, when drum groups perform most intensely — is too time-consuming and dangerous for women, who should instead stay home. New York Times, "They Told the Women in Bahia They Couldn’t Drum. Try Telling That to Banda Didá.," 30 Jan. 2018 The show's second season, which began January 14, opens with Holmes, despite his lingering Christian guilt, enjoying a veritable bacchanalia of booze and women at a nightclub called the Hole with some new comedy buddies. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Pete Holmes on navigating pop culture post-Weinstein," 17 Jan. 2018 Once again, designer Suzanne Tucker presided as chairwoman of this beloved bacchanalia of Grade A goods — the largest on the West Coast. Catherine Bigelow, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fall Art & Antiques show a hothouse hit," 31 Oct. 2017 The bacchanalia swiftly got underway with Don Julio–spiked cocktails served in translucent light-up pouches worn around the neck similar to a VIP pass—ideal for both dancing and taking a romp in the #WangFest jumpy castle. Maria Ward, Vogue, "#WangFest: Inside Alexander Wang’s Epic New York Fashion Week Party In Bushwick," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bacchanalia

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bacchanalia

Latin, from Bacchus

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