[ 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(us) Saturn + -ālia, neuter plural of -ālis -al1


Sat·ur·na·li·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for saturnalian

/ (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 Saturnalia

Saturnalian, adjective

Word Origin for Saturnalia

C16: from Latin Sāturnālis relating to Saturn 1
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