2. [syn: orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot, bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Saturnalia \Sat`ur*na"li*a\, n. pl. [L. See Saturn.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) The festival of Saturn, celebrated in
December, originally during one day, but afterward during
seven days, as a period of unrestrained license and
merriment for all classes, extending even to the slaves.
2. Hence: A period or occasion of general license, in which
the passions or vices have riotous indulgence.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an orgiastic festival in ancient Rome in honor of Saturn
2: a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
[syn: orgy, debauch, debauchery, saturnalia, riot,
bacchanal, bacchanalia, drunken revelry]