What does the word bacchanal mean?

Usage examples for bacchanal

  1. Moreover, he drew for him a Ganymede carried up to heaven by Jove's eagle, a Tityos with the vulture feeding on his heart, the fall of Phaeton with the sun's chariot into the river Po, and a Bacchanal of children; all of them things of the rarest quality, and drawings the like of which were never seen. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  2. This bacchanal is 4 feet 8 inches high, and 3 feet 1 inch wide. – Lectures on the true, the beautiful and the good by Victor Cousin
  3. What had been a joyous bacchanal had degenerated into a horrid saturnalia. – The Whirligig of Time by Wayland Wells Williams