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Meaning of BACCHANAL

Pronunciation:  `bâku'nâl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
  2. [n]  a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
  3. [n]  someone who engages in drinking bouts
  4. [adj]  used of riotously drunken merrymaking; "a night of bacchanalian revelry"; "carousing bands of drunken soldiers"; "orgiastic festivity"

BACCHANAL is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bacchanalia, bacchanalian, bacchant, bacchic, carousing, debauch, debauchery, drunk, drunken reveler, drunken reveller, drunken revelry, inebriated, intoxicated, orgiastic, orgy, riot, saturnalia
 See Also: afficionado, buff, devotee, drinker, fan, imbiber, juicer, lover, revel, revelry, toper



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bac"cha*nal\, a. [L. Bacchanalis. See {Bacchanalia}.]
    1. Relating to Bacchus or his festival.
    2. Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.
  2. \Bac"cha*nal\, n.
    1. A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels;
       one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser.
       ``Tipsy bacchanals.'' --Shak.
    2. pl. The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.
    3. Drunken revelry; an orgy.
    4. A song or dance in honor of Bacchus.
Thesaurus Terms
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