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plural noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the female attendants of Bacchus.
  2. the priestesses of Bacchus.
  3. the women who took part in the Bacchanalia.
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Origin of Bacchae

< Latin < Greek Bákkhai, plural of Bákkhē maenad
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Examples from the Web for bacchae

Historical Examples

  • The Agamemnon, the Oedipus, the Bacchae are not to be explained wholly by them.

    The Legacy of Greece


  • The head of Pentheus is carried by one of the Bacchae in that drama.

  • The story ends with the representation of the “Bacchae,” in Parthia.

  • We should probably have a result something like the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray

  • There never was a great play so steeped in tradition as the Bacchae.

    Euripedes and His Age

    Gilbert Murray

British Dictionary definitions for bacchae


pl n
  1. the priestesses or female devotees of Bacchus
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Word Origin

Latin, from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhē priestess of Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for bacchae



"female attendants of Bacchus," from Greek Bakkhai, plural of Bakkhe, from Bakkhos (see Bacchus).

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