[ bak-uhnt, 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

Other words from bacchant

  • bac·chan·tic, adjective

Words Nearby bacchant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bacchant in a sentence

  • 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) /

nounplural bacchants or bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)
  1. a priest or votary of Bacchus

  2. a drunken reveller

Origin of bacchant

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

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