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 (săt′ər-nā′lē-ə, -nāl′yə)
1. Saturnalia The ancient Roman seven-day festival of Saturn, which began on December 17.
2. (used with a sing. verb) A celebration marked by unrestrained revelry and often licentiousness; an orgy.

[Latin Sāturnālia, from neuter pl. of Sāturnālis, Saturnian, from Sāturnus, Saturn; see Saturn.]


n, pl -lia or -lias
1. (Historical Terms) an ancient Roman festival celebrated in December: renowned for its general merrymaking
2. (sometimes not capital) a period or occasion of wild revelry
[C16: from Latin Sāturnālis relating to Saturn1]
ˌSaturˈnalian adj


(ˌsæt ərˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə)

n., pl. -li•a, -li•as.
1. (sometimes used with a pl. v.) the festival of Saturn, celebrated in December in ancient Rome as a time of unrestrained merrymaking.
2. (l.c.) any unrestrained revelry; orgy.
[1585–95; < Latin Sāturnālia=Sāturn(us) Saturn + -ālia, neuter pl. of -ālis -al1]
Sat`ur•na′li•an, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Saturnalia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
festival, fete - an organized series of acts and performances (usually in one place); "a drama festival"
2.Saturnalia - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuitysaturnalia - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
revel, revelry - unrestrained merrymaking


[ˌsætəˈneɪlɪə] NPL (Saturnalia or Saturnalias (pl)) → saturnales fpl


SaturnaliaSaturnalien pl
(liter: = wild revelry) → wilde Feste pl, → Freudenfeste pl
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They lodged men and women on the same floor; and with the night there began a saturnalia of debauchery--scenes such as never before had been witnessed in America.
This, then, is the trapper's holiday, when he is all for fun and frolic, and ready for a saturnalia among the mountains.
This was their day, their feast of fools, their saturnalia, the annual orgy of the corporation of Law clerks and of the school.
There sat Colonel Adams, still unaffectedly dressed as a pantaloon, with the knobbed whalebone nodding above his brow, but with his poor old eyes sad enough to have sobered a Saturnalia.
Wilcox and the Warringtons were gone to bed, and the kitchen was abandoned to Saturnalia.
these Parisian saturnalias were the result of them, etc.
HOW IT WAS REPORTED IN THE 1880s "The King's Norton Saturnalia is growing worse.
Because of its value to farmers the romans used it in their Saturnalia - the festival of Saturn, the god of agriculture.
It will be done by appropriating the customs of Saturnalia, a northern European festival celebrating the Winter Solstice, with Saturnalia bushes styled as Christmas trees.
Riders will find themselves connecting in new ways - an unscripted Saturnalia festival, but in reverse.
Thanks Thando and wishing you a happy 11 months till the next Saturnalia.
JAN 11: Who knows if the Romans managed to harness the magic of hops, but it's a great background to the Saturnalia Real Ale Ramble in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys.