nounpl. -·lias or -·lia
- the ancient Roman festival of Saturn, held about Dec. 17, with general feasting and revelry in celebration of the winter solstice
- [s-] 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 Sāturnālia from neuter pl. of Sāturnālis Saturnian from Sāturnus Saturn ; see Saturn .
From Latin SÄturnÄlia, a festival of the winter solstice