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Saturnalia

[ sat-er-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh ]

noun

, plural Sat·ur·na·li·a, Sat·ur·na·li·as.
  1. (sometimes used with a plural verb) the festival of Saturn, celebrated in December in ancient Rome as a time of unrestrained merrymaking.
  2. (lowercase) unrestrained revelry; orgy.


Saturnalia

/ ˌsætəˈneɪlɪə /

noun

  1. an ancient Roman festival celebrated in December: renowned for its general merrymaking
  2. sometimes not capital a period or occasion of wild revelry


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Derived Forms

  • ˌSaturˈnalian, adjective
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Other Words From

  • Satur·nali·an adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Saturnalia1

1585–95; < Latin Sāturnālia, equivalent to Sāturn ( us ) Saturn + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis -al 1
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Saturnalia1

C16: from Latin Sāturnālis relating to Saturn 1
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Example Sentences

That is the sense of the Saturnalia, of Mardi Gras and of these moments of entertainment.

It was not worn out of the house except on the Saturnalia, and was usually of some bright color.

One cannot help wondering who first conceived the idea of these horrid saturnalia.

By the light of Wycherley's comedies one may imagine the Restoration saturnalia of this wedding feast!

It was a sort of convulsion of nature and the fish seemed to look upon it as an opportunity for a Saturnalia.

Each village, in the absence of the baron at the assembly of the nations, enjoyed a kind of saturnalia.

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