noun (plural bacchants or bacchantes /-ˈkäntēz/; feminine bacchante /-tē/)
A priest, priestess, or follower of Bacchus.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Late 16th century: from French bacchante, from Latin bacchari 'celebrate the feast of Bacchus'.
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