saturnalia

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction sat·ur·na·lia \ˌsa-tər-ˈnāl-yə, -ˈnā-lē-ə\

Definition of saturnalia

  1. 1 capitalized :  the festival of Saturn in ancient Rome beginning on Dec. 17

  2. 2 sing, pl saturnalias also saturnalia a :  an unrestrained often licentious celebration :  orgyb :  excess, extravagance

saturnalian

play \-ˈnāl-yən, -ˈnā-lē-ən\ adjective

saturnalianly

adverb

Origin and Etymology of saturnalia

Latin, from neuter plural of saturnalis of Saturn, from Saturnus


First Known Use: 1591

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