[bak-uh s]

noun Classical Mythology.

the god of wine; Dionysus.

Origin of Bacchus

< Latin < Greek Bákkhos Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bacchus

Contemporary Examples of bacchus

  • I guess we know how Bacchus kept his title as the god of wine and intoxication.

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    History's Craziest Hangover Cures

    Justin Jones

    December 30, 2014

  • Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees was named King of the Bacchus Krewe at this year's Mardi Gras.

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    Kings of Mardi Gras

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    February 16, 2010

Historical Examples of bacchus

  • Then the wonderful Bacchus told Midas he might have anything he should wish for as a reward.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • The bell, he said, was used in Greece by the Priests of Bacchus in the worship of the vine.

    Bride of the Mistletoe

    James Lane Allen

  • Why is it that Bacchus is always a stripling, and bushy-haired?

    The Praise of Folly

    Desiderius Erasmus

  • Sergius and Bacchus, and if this were all he did the matter would be clear.

  • I know not who may be your alma mater, but undoubtedly Bacchus is your liber pater.

    Ebrietatis Encomium

    Boniface Oinophilus

British Dictionary definitions for bacchus



(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


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bacchus in Culture



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


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


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