from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A frenzied, impassioned choric hymn and dance of ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus.
- n. An irregular poetic expression suggestive of the ancient Greek dithyramb.
- n. A wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing.
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- n. A choral hymn sung in ancient Athens in honor of the god Dionysus.
- n. A poem or oration in the same style.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of lyric poetry in honor of Bacchus, usually sung by a band of revelers to a flute accompaniment; hence, in general, a poem written in a wild irregular strain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of Greek lyric composition, originally a choral song in honor of Dionysus, afterward of other gods, heroes, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
- n. (ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
Latin dīthyrambus, from Greek dīthurambos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)