- [oftenM-] a female votary of Dionysus, who took part in the wild, orgiastic rites that characterized his worship; bacchante
- a frenzied or raging woman
Origin of maenadClassical Latin Maenas (gen. Maenadis) from Classical Greek mainas (gen. mainados) from mainesthai, to rave from Indo-European an unverified form mn?-, variant, variety of base an unverified form men-, to think from source mind
- Greek Mythology A woman member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus.
- A frenzied woman.
Origin of maenadLatin Maenas Maenad- from Greek mainas raving, madwoman, Maenad from mainesthai to be mad ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.