[ bak-uhs ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. the god of wine; Dionysus.

Origin of Bacchus

<Latin <Greek Bákkhos

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How to use Bacchus in a sentence

  • Hercules, Bacchus, and Perseus were gods born by mortal mothers.

    The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • But it was Bacchus that fought for Rome that day—Bacchus, to whom no altar had been vowed.

    The Lion's Brood | Duffield Osborne
  • For there are certain spots even in this grand solitude consecrated to Cytherea and Bacchus, as he is now worshipped in champagne.

    The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for Bacchus


/ (ˈbækəs) /

  1. (in ancient Greece and Rome) a god of wine and giver of ecstasy, identified with Dionysus

Origin of Bacchus

C15: from Latin, from Greek Bakkhos; related to Latin bāca small round fruit, berry

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Cultural definitions for Bacchus


[ (bak-uhs) ]

The Greek and Roman god of wine and revelry. He is also known by the Greek name Dionysus.

Notes for Bacchus

In painting, Bacchus is often depicted eating a bunch of grapes and surrounded by satyrs.

Notes for Bacchus

A “bacchanalian” party or feast is marked by unrestrained drunkenness. The name recalls a Roman festival called Bacchanalia.

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