[noun bah-kuh-nahl, bak-uh-nal, bak-uh-nl; adjective bak-uh-nl]
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  1. pertaining to Bacchus; bacchanalian.

Origin of bacchanal

1530–40; < Latin Bacchānāl, equivalent to Bacch(us) + -ānāl, probably as back formation from Bacchānālia; see Bacchanalia

Synonyms for bacchanal

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Related Words for bacchanal

carnival, debauch, feast, orgy, party, frolic, reveler

British Dictionary definitions for bacchanal


  1. a follower of Bacchus
  2. a drunken and riotous celebration
  3. a participant in such a celebration; reveller
  1. of or relating to Bacchus

Word Origin for bacchanal

C16: from Latin Bacchānālis; see Bacchus
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Word Origin and History for bacchanal

1530s (n.); 1540s (adj.), from Latin bacchanalis "having to do with Bacchus" (see Bacchus). Meaning "riotous, drunken roistering; orgy" is from 1711.

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