[ sat-er-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh ]
/ ˌsæt ərˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə /
noun, plural Sat·ur·na·li·a, Sat·ur·na·li·as.
(sometimes used with a plural verb) the festival of Saturn, celebrated in December in ancient Rome as a time of unrestrained merrymaking.
(lowercase) unrestrained revelry; orgy.
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Origin of Saturnalia
1585–95; <Latin Sāturnālia,
equivalent to Sāturn
neuter plural of -ālis-al1
OTHER WORDS FROM SaturnaliaSat·ur·na·li·an, adjective
Words nearby Saturnalia
, Saturday-night special
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How to use Saturnalia in a sentence
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.
British Dictionary definitions for Saturnalia
noun plural -lia or -lias
an ancient Roman festival celebrated in December: renowned for its general merrymaking
(sometimes not capital) a period or occasion of wild revelry
Derived forms of SaturnaliaSaturnalian, adjective
Word Origin for Saturnalia
C16: from Latin Sāturnālis relating to Saturn 1
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