bac·​chant bə-ˈkant How to pronounce bacchant (audio)
ˈbä- How to pronounce bacchant (audio)
plural bacchants or bacchantes bə-ˈkants How to pronounce bacchant (audio)
bacchant adjective

Examples of bacchant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lesbians became the bacchants of Euripides, killing him in a festive manner. Andrew Martin, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2020

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Word History


Latin bacchant-, bacchans, from present participle of bacchari to take part in the orgies of Bacchus

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bacchant was in 1699

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“Bacchant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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