- 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.