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maenad (often cap.) in Greek mythology, a woman who takes part in the wild, orgiastic celebrations of Dionysus; bacchante. [2 definitions]
maestoso in a majestic, dignified, and stately manner (used as a musical direction).
maestro someone who is a brilliant or highly respected teacher, composer, or conductor of music. [2 definitions]
Mafia in the United States and elsewhere, a secretive criminal organization whose members are of Sicilian and Italian origin. [2 definitions]
Mafioso a supposed member of the Mafia.
magazine a periodical containing advertisements, photographs, and articles on various topics. [3 definitions]
Magdalene see Mary Magdalene.
magenta a purplish red dye derived from coal tar; fuchsin. [2 definitions]
maggot the sluglike larva of the fly and many other insects. [2 definitions]
Magi according to the New Testament, the three wise men from the East who followed a brilliant star to find the infant Jesus Christ and honor him with gifts. [2 definitions]
magic supernatural control of physical forces or events, as by spells or ritual actions. [6 definitions]
magical mysterious and charming. [2 definitions]
magician one skilled in magic, or one who performs tricks of illusion for entertainment. [2 definitions]
magic lantern an instrument formerly used to project and enlarge photographic slides.
magisterial of the nature of an intellectual master or authority such as a professor or scholar. [2 definitions]
magistracy the office, term, or jurisdiction of a magistrate. [2 definitions]
magistrate a public official who exercises a judicial or executive function, such as a mayor or justice of the peace.
maglev a high-speed train levitated and propelled over tracks by the interaction of magnets along the sides of a guideway and on the train's underside; magnetic levitation train.
magma the hot, liquefied rock beneath the earth's surface that rises to the top of a volcano. [2 definitions]
Magna Carta the document forced from King John of England in 1215, which granted personal and political liberties to the English people. [2 definitions]
magna cum laude with high honors or great praise, indicating second highest status upon graduation from a college or university. (Cf. cum laude, summa cum laude.)