Definition of bacchant in English:



  • A priest, priestess, or follower of Bacchus.

    ‘the painting shows a bacchante carrying a child’
    • ‘Satisfied he is invisible, Pentheus stands happily in the garb of a bacchant.’
    • ‘On the back of each of the pair of vases is a frieze of dancing bacchantes framed at the sides and bottom by a scroll ornament all in grisaille.’
    • ‘Before his return to Paris he had already begun to specialize in the small-scale terracotta statuettes and reliefs of satyrs, bacchantes, and other mythological figures for which he is famous.’
    • ‘Shiva and Dionysos, albeit a far closer match, also have various nuances and differences in how they interface with bhakti / bacchantes.’
    • ‘Despite the presence of bacchantes and the references to wine, the bacchanalian aspect of the scene is greatly subdued, reducing the feeling of revelry and recklessness.’
    merrymaker, partygoer, party animal, carouser, roisterer, good-time boy, good-time girl, pleasure seeker
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Late 16th century: from French bacchante, from Latin bacchari ‘celebrate the feast of Bacchus’.