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: the festival of Saturn in ancient Rome beginning on December 17
singular, plural saturnalias
: an unrestrained often licentious celebration : orgy
: excess, extravagance
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1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Latin, from neuter plural of saturnalis of Saturn, from Saturnus
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