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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.]
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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]
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Sat•ur•na•li•a(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.
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|Noun||1.||Saturnalia - an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn|
|2.||saturnalia - a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity|
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Saturnalia[ˌsætəˈneɪlɪə] NPL (Saturnalia or Saturnalias (pl)) → saturnales fpl
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