bacchante

[ buh-kan-tee, -kahn-, buh-kant, -kahnt ]
/ bəˈkæn ti, -ˈkɑn-, bəˈkænt, -ˈkɑnt /
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noun

a female bacchant.

Nearby words

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

Origin of bacchante

1790–1800; back formation from Latin bacchantēs, feminine plural of bacchāns bacchant; pronunciation with silent -e < French bacchante, feminine of bacchant bacchant

Also called maenad, menad, Thyiad.

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British Dictionary definitions for bacchante

bacchante

/ (bəˈkæntɪ) /

noun plural bacchantes (bəˈkæntɪz)

a priestess or female votary of Bacchus
a drunken female reveller
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