Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In classical mythology, a name of Dionysus, the son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Semele, and the god of wine, personifying both its good and its bad qualities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Myth.) The god of wine, son of Jupiter and Semele.

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  • proper noun Roman mythology The Roman name for Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and vivid social gatherings.

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  • noun (classical mythology) god of wine; equivalent of Dionysus

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, from Greek Bakkhos, of unknown origin.]

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From the Latin Bacchus, from the Ancient Greek Βάκχος (Bakkhos).

Examples

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  • Aliyah Bacchus is a Muslim who left an arranged marriage in Queens, N.Y., before coming to understand her sexuality as a lesbian

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  • His Bacchus is a wasted pretty-boy, a hustler who looks like Pete Doherty in Greek drag.

    Appoggiatura

  • His Bacchus is a wasted pretty-boy, a hustler who looks like Pete Doherty in Greek drag.

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  • Other big draws include the House of Dionysus (a 2nd century B.C. private home) and the Platform of the Stoibadeion (dedicated to the Greek god of wine and pleasure Dionysus, also known as Bacchus).

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  • Macrobius also wrote that in the rites of Liber, Roman god of fertility and wine who was also called Bacchus and identified with Dionysius, eggs were honored, worshipped, and called the symbol of the universe, the beginning of all things.

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  • I was asked to be the King of Bacchus, which is one of the “Crewes,” as they are called, whose job it is to put together thirty floats for a parade.

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  • Macrobius also wrote that in the rites of Liber, Roman god of fertility and wine who was also called Bacchus and identified with Dionysius, eggs were honored, worshipped, and called the symbol of the universe, the beginning of all things.

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  • I hav a once-a-month market stall here in Oz in a town called Bacchus Marsh.

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  • But the ancients indeed call Bacchus the good counsellor, as if he had no need of Mercury; and for his sake they named the night [Greek omitted] as it were, GOOD ADVISER.

    Symposiacs

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