• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bacchanal used of riotously drunken merrymaking "a night of bacchanalian revelry","carousing bands of drunken soldiers","orgiastic festivity"
    • n bacchanal a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
    • n bacchanal a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
    • n bacchanal someone who engages in drinking bouts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bacchanal A devotee of Bacchus; one who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous when intoxicated; a carouser. "Tipsy bacchanals ."
    • Bacchanal A song or a dance in honor of Bacchus.
    • Bacchanal Drunken revelry; an orgy.
    • Bacchanal Engaged in drunken revels; drunken and riotous or noisy.
    • Bacchanal Relating to Bacchus or his festival.
    • Bacchanal The festival of Bacchus; the bacchanalia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bacchanal Characterized by intemperate drinking; riotous; noisy: as, “bacchanal feasts,”
    • bacchanal Relating to or resembling a bacchanal or the bacchanalia.
    • n bacchanal One who celebrated the bacchanalia; a votary of Bacchus.
    • n bacchanal One who indulges in drunken revels; one who is noisy and riotous; a drunkard: as, “each bold bacchanal,”
    • n bacchanal plural Same as bacchanalia.
    • n bacchanal Also bacchanalian.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bacchanal bak′a-nal a worshipper of Bacchus: one who indulges in drunken revels: a dance or song in honour of Bacchus
    • adj Bacchanal relating to drunken revels—also Bacchanā′lian
    • n Bacchanal and adj. Bacchant (bak′kant), a priest of Bacchus, the god of wine: a reveller: a drunkard
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Bacchanalis,. See Bacchanalia


In literature:

Subdued and sheepish-looking bacchanals.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
The usual throng, {both} Satyrs and Bacchanals, surround him, but Silenus is away.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
It's the orgy, the bacchanal, that is to still the lamentations of the poor!
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Here was enacted one of the wildest scenes of barbarian bacchanals.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Is this really a bacchanal?
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, September 1879" by Various
The whole company of bacchanals is given up to wanton merrymaking.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Stories were told, and bacchanal songs sung.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The women who danced were called Bacchanals.
"Aunt Charlotte's Stories of Greek History" by Charlotte M. Yonge
Is this really a bacchanal?
"Euphorion" by Vernon Lee
The first was an Indian galleon crowded by Bacchanals wreathed with vines.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury

In poetry:

Hear you that elusive laughter
Of the hidden waterfall?
Nay, a satyr speeding after
Ivy-crowned bacchanal.
"The Forest Path" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The threads were wet with wine, and all
Were smooth to spin;
They wove you like a Bacchanal,
The first Faustine.
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Joy smiles in the fountain, health flows in the rills,
As their ribands of silver unwind from the hills;
They breathe not the mist of the bacchanal's dream,
But the lilies of innocence float on the stream.
"A Health To Dear Woman" by John Pierpont
In vain- in vain: strike other chords;
Fill high the cup with Samian wine!
Leave battles to the Turkish hordes,
And shed the blood of Scio's vine!
Hark! rising to the ignoble call-
How answers each bold Bacchanal!
"Don Juan: Canto The Third" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Joy smiles in the fountain, health flows in the rills,
As their ribbons of silver unwind from the hills;
They breathe not the mist of the bacchanal’s dream,
But the lilies of innocence float on their stream.
"Song. For a Temperance Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
You like me shall toss your head in bacchanals of sunshine;
Drink, nor melancholy be to quaff the charm of moonshine.
You on splendour's heart shall pour and every laughter
school in,
Silver bark, to drench in shine, leaf jollity to fool in.
"Oak, Pine And Silver Birch" by Manmohan Ghose

In news:

Lavo's wild Champagne Brunch is a Saturday bacchanal .
10 Must-See Acts at New York City's EDM Bacchanal .
Traditional Burgundy Bacchanal Returns to New York City.
Enlarge Dinah Rogers, The Times-Picayune DINAH ROGERS / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Louisiana shrimp with spicy corn salsa at Bacchanal , 600 Poland Ave, in New Orleans Tuesday evening, April 5, 2011.
Bacchanal Spring Dining Guide 2011 gallery (14 photos).
The bacchanal feast was not unlike today's political conventions: lively debate, good food, excessive drink, live sex.
DVD+Digital DVD+Digital: Dirty jokes, Danish bacchanals and Klown.
GSA and Secret Service bacchanals are bad for the federal brand.
MIAMI — The Chicago Bears quietly arrived Sunday in Florida for the week-long bacchanal leading to Super Bowl XLI.
Chances are you've heard about the bacchanal known as the Minerals Management Service.
OAKLAND, Calif — One wonders if Gertrude Stein would write "there is no there there" about Oakland if she could see the thousands of people who convene every month for this city's rambunctious art crawl and street bacchanal.
Tribes, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist writes, is an "insider's account of the feral inventions, grand intentions and even grander egos that make up the world's wildest neo-pagan desert bacchanal.".
Five Las Vegas journalists are put to the test at Caesars Palace's new $17 million Bacchanal Buffet.
10 Must-See Acts at New York City's EDM Bacchanal.
Sometimes military people talk about being a Praetorian Guard at our national bacchanal.