ETYM Latin Maenas, -adis, Greek, from mainesthai to rave.
1. An unnaturally frenzied or distraught woman.
2. (Greek mythology) A woman participant in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus. One of the women participants in the orgiastic rites of Dionysus; maenads were also known as Bacchae.
3. Bacchante; wildly excited woman.