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

  • Ancient Greek festivals held seasonally, chiefly at Athens, in honor of Dionysus, especially those held in the fall and connected with the development of early Greek drama.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Any of the festivals held in honor of the Olympian god Dionysus. They correspond to the Roman Bacchanalia; the greater Dionysia were held at Athens in March or April, and were celebrated with elaborate performances of both tragedies and comedies.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In classical antiquity, the orgiastic and dramatic festivals celebrated periodically in various parts of Greece, in honor of Dionysus or Bacchus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an orgiastic festival in ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus (= Bacchus)


Latin Dionȳsia, from Greek (ta) Dionūsia (hiera), (festivities) of Dionysus, neuter pl. of Dionūsios; see Dionysian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.