Bacchus

[ bak-uh s ]
/ ˈbæk əs /
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noun Classical Mythology.

the god of wine; Dionysus.

Origin of Bacchus

< Latin < Greek Bákkhos
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British Dictionary definitions for bacchus

Bacchus

/ (ˈbækəs) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Bacchus

C15: from Latin, from Greek Bakkhos; related to Latin bāca small round fruit, berry
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Word Origin and History for bacchus

Bacchus


Greek god of wine and revelry, late 15c., from Latin Bacchus, from Greek Bakkhos, perhaps related to Latin bacca "berry, olive-berry, bead, pearl." Perhaps originally a Thracian fertility god.

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Culture definitions for bacchus

Bacchus

[ (bak-uhs) ]

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

Note

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

Note

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