bacchanalia

noun
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

Other Words from bacchanalia

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

Examples of bacchanalia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a half century, musicians and fans from around the cultural spectrum have descended on the Crescent City to pile onto more than a dozen stages for multiple days of unfettered musical bacchanalia. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 But before the basketball bacchanalia begins, the bracket needs to be set. Chris Morris, Fortune, 13 Mar. 2022 But the burgers from Zack Fernandes, who runs the operation, are a reminder that a burger doesn’t have to be an excessive, beefy bacchanalia to be good. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 For the last 40 years, whenever a Republican is president, conservatives in Congress have happily embarked on a bacchanalia of tax cuts and hikes on defense spending. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 But the burgers from Zack Fernandes, who runs the operation, are a reminder that a burger doesn’t have to be an excessive, beefy bacchanalia to be good. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 For the last 40 years, whenever a Republican is president, conservatives in Congress have happily embarked on a bacchanalia of tax cuts and hikes on defense spending. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 But the burgers from Zack Fernandes, who runs the operation, are a reminder that a burger doesn’t have to be an excessive, beefy bacchanalia to be good. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 For the last 40 years, whenever a Republican is president, conservatives in Congress have happily embarked on a bacchanalia of tax cuts and hikes on defense spending. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Bacchanalia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bacchanalia. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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