from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A woman member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus.
- n. A frenzied woman.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A female follower of Dionysus, associated with intense reveling.
- n. An excessively wild or emotional woman.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Bacchante; a priestess or votary of Bacchus.
- n. A frantic or frenzied woman.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, a female member of the attendant train of Bacchus; hence, a priestess of Bacchus; one of the women who celebrated the festivals of Bacchus with mad songs and dancing and boisterous courses in gay companies amid the crags of Parnassus and Cithæron, particularly on the occasion of the great triennial Bacchic festival.
- n. Hence Any woman under the influence of unnatural excitement or frenzy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman
- n. (Greek mythology) a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus
Latin Maenas, Maenad-, from Greek mainas, raving, madwoman, Maenad, from mainesthai, to be mad; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)