[ bak-uh nt, buh-kant, -kahnt ]
/ ˈbæk ənt, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt /

noun, plural bac·chants, bac·chan·tes [buh-kan-teez, -kahn-] /bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-/.

a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.
a drunken reveler.


inclined to revelry.

Nearby words

  1. baccate,
  2. bacchae,
  3. bacchanal,
  4. bacchanalia,
  5. bacchanalian,
  6. bacchante,
  7. bacchantes,
  8. bacchic,
  9. bacchius,
  10. bacchus

Origin of bacchant

First recorded in 1690–1700, bacchant is from the Latin word bacchant- (stem of bacchāns, present participle of bacchārī to revel). See Bacchus, -ant

Related formsbac·chan·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bacchant

  • Scenes of bacchant excitement and of wildest abandonment may be witnessed here.

    The History of Prostitution|William W. Sanger
  • He was in this, just as he was in everything else, a remnant of a past age; he had merely been transformed into a Bacchant!

    The Title Market|Emily Post
  • But shall I be more like a Bacchant holding the thyrsus in my right hand, or in this?

British Dictionary definitions for bacchant


/ (ˈbækənt) /

noun plural bacchants or bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)

a priest or votary of Bacchus
a drunken reveller

Word Origin for bacchant

C17: from Latin bacchāns, from bacchārī to celebrate the bacchanalia

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