noun (plural bacchants or bacchantes /bəˈkantiːz/; feminine bacchante /bəˈkant, bəˈkanti/)
A priest, priestess, or follower of Bacchus: the painting shows a bacchante carrying a child
More example sentences
- 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'.
Definition of bacchant in:
- The US English dictionary