[bak-uh nt, buh-kant, -kahnt]
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noun, plural bac·chants, bac·chan·tes [buh-kan-teez, -kahn-] /bəˈkæn tiz, -ˈkɑn-/.
  1. a priest, priestess, or votary of Bacchus; bacchanal.
  2. a drunken reveler.
  1. inclined to revelry.

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. 2018

Related Words for bacchant

ranter, merrymaker, bacchant, roisterer, bacchanalian

Examples from the Web for bacchant

Historical Examples of bacchant

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

  • 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!

  • But shall I be more like a Bacchant holding the thyrsus in my right hand, or in this?

British Dictionary definitions for bacchant


noun plural bacchants or bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
  1. a priest or votary of Bacchus
  2. a drunken reveller

Word Origin for bacchant

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