[dahy-uh-nish-ee-uh, -nis-]

plural noun

the orgiastic and dramatic festivals held periodically in honor of Dionysus, especially those in Attica, from which Greek comedy and tragedy developed.

Origin of Dionysia

1890–95; < Latin < Greek
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pl n

(in ancient Greece) festivals of the god Dionysus: a source of Athenian drama
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