- a frenzied or raging woman.
Origin of maenad
Examples from the Web for maenad
Historical Examples of maenad
These were the eyes of a girl who had raved like a maenad the night through.A Thorny Path [Per Aspera], Complete
Maenad: a frenzied Nymph, attendant on Dionysus in the Greek mythology.The Golden Treasury
Her eye gleamed: she ran to the cupboard and took out the Maenad's dress.
I was in a mind to wring the Maenad's neck three minutes ago.
But that statue will put it all right,' and she pointed behind her to the Maenad.
- classical myth a woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; bacchante
- a frenzied woman
Word Origin for maenad
"Bacchante," 1570s, from Greek mainas (genitive mainados) "priestess of Bacchus," literally "madwoman," from stem of mainesthai "to rage, go mad" (see mania).