[ noun bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adjective bak-uh-nl ]
/ noun ˌbɑ kəˈnɑl, ˌbæk əˈnæl, ˈbæk ə nl; adjective ˈbæk ə nl /
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a follower of Bacchus.
a drunken reveler.
an occasion of drunken revelry; orgy; bacchanalia.
pertaining to Bacchus; bacchanalian.
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Origin of bacchanal
1530–40; <Latin Bacchānāl, equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ānāl, probably as back formation from Bacchānālia;see Bacchanalia
Words nearby bacchanal
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British Dictionary definitions for bacchanal
/ (ˈbækənəl) /
a follower of Bacchus
a drunken and riotous celebration
a participant in such a celebration; reveller
of or relating to Bacchus
Word Origin for bacchanal
C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus
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