Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A participant in the Bacchanalia.
  • n. The Bacchanalia. Often used in the plural.
  • n. A drunken or riotous celebration.
  • n. A reveler.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or typical of the worship of Bacchus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to Bacchus or his festival.
  • adj. Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.
  • n. A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser.
  • n. The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.
  • n. Drunken revelry; an orgy.
  • n. A song or a dance in honor of Bacchus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating to Bacchus or his festival.
  • adj. Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.
  • n. A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser.
  • n. The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.
  • n. Drunken revelry; an orgy.
  • n. A song or a dance in honor of Bacchus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by intemperate drinking; riotous; noisy: as, “bacchanal feasts,”
  • Relating to or resembling a bacchanal or the bacchanalia.
  • n. One who celebrated the bacchanalia; a votary of Bacchus.
  • n. One who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous; a drunkard: as, “each bold bacchanal,”
  • n. plural Same as bacchanalia.
  • n. Also bacchanalian.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who engages in drinking bouts
  • adj. used of riotously drunken merrymaking
  • n. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  • n. a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus

Etymologies

From Latin Bacchānālia, Bacchanalia; see Bacchanalia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Bacchānālis ("of or pertaining to Bacchus"). See Bacchanalia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Lena was explaining the word bacchanal when Violet and Glo arrived at the back door.

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  • It's about a king who literally gets eaten alive by all the women in the play in a kind of orgy-it's related to the word 'bacchanal'-and I loved that idea of animalistic chaos and following our own desires. "

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  • As African-descended (including Indo- and Euro-Caribbean) peoples bring their cultures to urban spaces which are heavily policed, bordered, and confined, some interesting frictions emerge when the people break down fences (which occurred at Caribana) to join floats and dance behind enormous trucks with their booming sound systems, insisting on the politics of "bacchanal" (anything goes) and "chaos theory" while resisting the orderly ways of the state.

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  • It's the orgy, the bacchanal, that is to still the lamentations of the poor! "

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  • La Paulée had many satellite events, seminars, tastings and even an auction, but the big event was the Saturday night dinner, a bacchanal the likes of which my liver hopes not to experience again for at least another week or two.

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  • His quest for an unparalleled bacchanal takes him to Tokyo and then Berlin, where he helps organize a banquet giant panda paw and white tiger cub are on the menu in what was Hitler's underground bunker.

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  • A Hangover-style bacchanal, complete with zoo animals?

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  • Next week, to mark Lundi Gras, on the eve of the city's annual Fat Tuesday bacchanal, the quintet will do a midnight-to-sunrise performance at the famed uptown club Tipitina's.

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  • Motel, De Anza coffee shop, Pup and Taco drive-through, my high school just a few blocks off the main drag, Frontier Restaurant, the divey motels that were the sites of many a teen bacchanal.

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  • A Trinidadian Carnival tradition, J'ouvert incorporates satirical costumes mocking celebrities, politicians and contemporary issues in an ecstatic bacchanal with a different tempo and feel than the better-known daylight parade the following day.

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