bac·​cha·​na·​lia ˌba-kə-ˈnāl-yə How to pronounce bacchanalia (audio)
plural bacchanalia
Bacchanalia plural : a Roman festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry
bacchanalian adjective or noun

Examples of bacchanalia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The annual bacchanalia, now in its 139th year, traces its history to 1885 – that was the year President Grover Cleveland refused to attend. Colleen Long, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Mar. 2024 Compared with nearby Bend — a bacchanalia of Gore-Tex and microbreweries where the median home price hovers above $700,000 — Redmond is middle class. ProPublica, 16 Mar. 2024 Amid the bacchanalia, Tiffany was preparing his masterstroke. Robert Klara, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 The patience that administrators initially displayed toward their most obstreperous students ran out when the antisocial campus bacchanalia, and their tolerance thereof, did reputational damage to their host institutions. Noah Rothman, National Review, 2 Jan. 2024 Spent a day last week at the bacchanalia of imagination that is San Diego Comic-Con. Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 31 July 2010 It was made by Schutz standing inside the thing, forming and adding clay, melding this wild bacchanalia. Vulture, 30 Nov. 2023 The bacchanalia started with a silver bowl of (optional) Jaegermeister shots for guests, whose seats awaited behind tables pre-littered with stale French fries and wine stains. Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Feb. 2023 In February, the bacchanalia begins with the island’s spirited carnival celebrations, called Mas Dominik. Kristin Braswell, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Latin, from Bacchus

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacchanalia was in 1591

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“Bacchanalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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