Definition of Saturnalia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsætəˈneɪliə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsætərˈneɪliə//
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an ancient Roman festival that took place in December, around the time that Christmas now takes place Word OriginLatin, literally ‘matters relating to Saturn’, neuter plural of Saturnalis.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Saturnalia