[ sat-er-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh ]
/ ˌsæt ərˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə /
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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
OTHER WORDS FROM SaturnaliaSat·ur·na·li·an, adjective
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How to use Saturnalia in a sentence
A fortune, rapid and secure, darted before du Tillet's eyes like a flash of lightning in a saturnalian night.Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau|Honore de Balzac
At the vestibule door a porter, somewhat befuddled by Saturnalian merry-making, was waiting sleepily.Roads from Rome|Anne C. E. Allinson
The solitary example of a Saturnalian victim in Msia did not fulfil these conditions.Magic and Religion|Andrew Lang
Reference has already been made to Dr. Frazer's view of the Saturnalian king and his awful origin.Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan|Clement A. Miles
However, this Saturnalian court has done our business; and a glorious batch of claret we had afterwards at Walker's.Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated|Sir Walter Scott
British Dictionary definitions for Saturnalia
/ (ˌsætəˈneɪlɪə) /
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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