[ bak-uhnt, buh-kant, -kahnt ]
/ ˈbæk ənt, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt /
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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.



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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


bac·chan·tic, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for bacchant

  • 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?

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

    The History of Prostitution|William W. Sanger

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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