(Bac`cha*na"li*an*ism) n. The practice of bacchanalians; bacchanals; drunken revelry.

(Bac"chant) n.; pl. E. Bacchants, L. Bacchantes. [L. bacchans, -antis, p. pr. of bacchari to celebrate the festival of Bacchus.]

1. A priest of Bacchus.

2. A bacchanal; a reveler. Croly.

(Bac"chant), a. Bacchanalian; fond of drunken revelry; wine-loving; reveling; carousing. Byron.

(Bac"chante) n.; L. pl. Bacchantes.

1. A priestess of Bacchus.

2. A female bacchanal.

(Bac*chan"tic) a. Bacchanalian.

(Bac"chic Bac"chic*al) , a. [L. Bacchicus, Gr. Bakchiko`s.] Of or relating to Bacchus; hence, jovial, or riotous, with intoxication.

(||Bac*chi"us) n.; pl. Bacchii [L. Bacchius pes, Gr. "o Bakchei^os ] (Pros.) A metrical foot composed of a short syllable and two long ones; according to some, two long and a short.

(Bac"chus) n. [L., fr. Gr. Ba`kchos.] (Myth.) The god of wine, son of Jupiter and Semele.

(Bac*cif"er*ous) a. [L. baccifer; bacca berry + ferre to bear.] Producing berries. " Bacciferous trees." Ray.

(Bac"ci*form) a. [L. bacca berry + -form.] Having the form of a berry.

(Bac*civ"o*rous) a. [L. bacca berry + vorare to devour.] (Zoöl.) Eating, or subsisting on, berries; as, baccivorous birds.

(Bace) n., a., & v. See Base. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Bach"a*rach, Back"a*rack) n. A kind of wine made at Bacharach on the Rhine.

(Bach"e*lor) n. [OF. bacheler young man, F. bachelier (cf. Pr. bacalar, Sp. bachiller, Pg. bacharel, It. baccalare), LL. baccalarius the tenant of a kind of farm called baccalaria, a soldier not old or rich enough to lead his retainers into battle with a banner, a person of an inferior academical degree aspiring to a doctorate. In the latter sense, it was afterward changed to baccalaureus. See Baccalaureate, n.]

1. A man of any age who has not been married.

As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound.
W. Irving.

2. An unmarried woman. [Obs.] B. Jonson.

3. A person who has taken the first or lowest degree in the liberal arts, or in some branch of science, at a college or university; as, a bachelor of arts.

4. A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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