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[bak-uh s] /ˈbæk əs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the god of wine; Dionysus.
Origin of Bacchus
< Latin < Greek Bákkhos Unabridged
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  • Then the wonderful Bacchus told Midas he might have anything he should wish for as a reward.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • The bell, he said, was used in Greece by the Priests of Bacchus in the worship of the vine.

    Bride of the Mistletoe James Lane Allen
  • Why is it that Bacchus is always a stripling, and bushy-haired?

    The Praise of Folly Desiderius Erasmus
  • Sergius and Bacchus, and if this were all he did the matter would be clear.

    Byzantine Churches in Constantinople Alexander Van Millingen
  • I know not who may be your alma mater, but undoubtedly Bacchus is your liber pater.

    Ebrietatis Encomium Boniface Oinophilus
  • Miss Bacchus said, "I don't believe a word of it;" but he seemed not to hear her.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • They were sometimes celebrated in honor of Jupiter, sometimes of Bacchus, and sometimes of Ceres.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
  • They had also symbols, chiefly relating to Bacchus, who was the hero of these mysteries.

    Mysticism and its Results John Delafield
British Dictionary definitions for Bacchus


(in ancient Greece and Rome) a god of wine and giver of ecstasy, identified with Dionysus
Word Origin
C15: from Latin, from Greek Bakkhos; related to Latin bāca small round fruit, berry
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Word Origin and History for Bacchus

Greek god of wine and revelry, late 15c., from Latin Bacchus, from Greek Bakkhos, perhaps related to Latin bacca "berry, olive-berry, bead, pearl." Perhaps originally a Thracian fertility god.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bacchus in Culture
Bacchus [(bak-uhs)]

The Greek and Roman god of wine and revelry. He is also known by the Greek name Dionysus.

Note: In painting, Bacchus is often depicted eating a bunch of grapes and surrounded by satyrs.
Note: A “bacchanalian” party or feast is marked by unrestrained drunkenness. The name recalls a Roman festival called Bacchanalia.
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