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Saturnalia (ˌsætərˈneɪliə Pronunciation for ˌsætərˈneɪljə Pronunciation for )

Definitions

noun

Word forms:   plural ˌSaturˈnalias, ˌSaturˈnalia
  1. ([occas. with pl. v.]) the ancient Roman festival of Saturn, held about Dec. 17, with general feasting and revelry in celebration of the winter solstice
  2. ([s-] [ occas. with pl. v.]) any period or occasion of unrestrained, often orgiastic, revelry

Word Origin

L, neut. pl. of Saturnalis, of Saturn

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