A bacchanal is a crazed party with drunken revelry, ecstatic sexual experimentation, and wild music. In a nutshell, it is “sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.”
Bacchus was the Roman god of wine, which loosened the chains of social restraints; and so, the name of Bacchantes’ hedonistic, pleasure-filled gatherings were named bacchanals. Who might be a modern-day Bacchus? Elvis Presley had bacchanalian charisma. Now, this bit of trivia might impress your friends: the song we know as the Can-Can is titled “Bacchanale,” from the opera Orpheus in the Underworld – that’s one hot steaming club jam going on down in Hades!
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
someone who engages in drinking bouts
used of riotously drunken merrymaking