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
In the second book of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series “Living Dead In Dallas”, a creature called a maenad is introduced.
I know talking about vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, etc. as "reality" is stretching things juuust a bit, but a maenad was a little too much to chew on.
If it's not witches (a la "True Blood's" detour last summer into the "maenad" orgy-mama storyline; boy, did she get tiresome), then it's werewolves.
"maenad," a creature out of Greek mythology who worships Dionysus, Greek god of wine and drunkenness.
This maenad that I have defaced here is one of my favorites but obviously she has no body and I kind of want a big piece, full body, dancing, etc.
Unleashed, she is a maenad: not crabby but sardonic and perpetually restless, she scrambles over the stage, squaring up to several men at a time; she drinks from a hip flask; she wees; she smokes – and she fumes.
Think back to the sacrifices he was willing to make to keep Sookie and the town of Bon Temps safe from the maenad, Maryanne.
The maenad lived in the woods and was responsible for scratching the heck out of Sookie.
There has been speculation that the character of Mary Ann is actually the maenad.
Until now, Forbes's most recognisable role has been as Bon Temp's resident "maenad" Maryann Foster in True Blood.