pl. -·lias or -·lia
- the ancient Roman festival of Saturn, held about Dec. 17, with general feasting and revelry in celebration of the winter solstice
- any period or occasion of unrestrained, often orgiastic, revelry
Origin of SaturnaliaL, neuter plural of Saturnalis, of Saturn
- Saturnalia The ancient Roman seven-day festival of Saturn, which began on December 17.
- (used with a sing. verb) A celebration marked by unrestrained revelry and often licentiousness; an orgy.
Origin of saturnaliaLatin Saturnalia, from neuter pl. of Saturnalis, Saturnian, from Saturnus, Saturn; see Saturn.
From Latin SÄturnÄlia, a festival of the winter solstice