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

  • n. Greek & Roman Mythology A priest or votary of Bacchus.
  • n. A boisterous reveler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A priest of Bacchus.
  • n. A bacchanal; a reveler.
  • adj. Bacchanalian; fond of drunken revelry; wine-loving; reveling; carousing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bacchanalian; fond of drunken revelry; wine-loving; reveling; carousing.
  • n. A priest of Bacchus.
  • n. A bacchanal; a reveler.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Worshiping Bacchus; reveling.
  • n. A priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; a bacchanal.
  • n. One addicted to intemperance or riotous revelry.
  • n. A name given in Germany, in the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, to wandering scholars who traveled from one institution of learning to another.

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

  • n. (classical mythology) a priest or votary of Bacchus
  • n. someone who engages in drinking bouts
  • n. a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus


Latin bacchāns, bacchant-, present participle of bacchārī, to celebrate the festival of Bacchus, from Bacchus, Bacchus, from Greek Bakkhos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin bacchāntem, accusative singular of bacchāns ("reveling"), present active participle of bacchor ("celebrate rites of Bacchus; revel"), from Bacchus ("the god of wine"), from Ancient Greek Βάκχος (Bakkhos). (Wiktionary)


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  • Sillakes, while Jason handed over to one of the members of the chorus the dress of Pentheus, and, laying hold of the head of Crassus, and, putting on the air of a bacchant, he sung these verses with great enthusiasm: --

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