maiden

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English mæġden (maiden, virgin, girl, maid, servant), diminutive of mæġþ, mæġeþ (maiden, virgin, girl, woman, wife) via diminutive suffix -en, from Proto-Germanic *magaþs (maid, virgin), from Proto-Indo-European *maghu- (fellow, bachelor), equivalent to maid +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch maagd (virgin), Old High German magad (maiden) (modern German Magd (maidservant), Old Irish mug (slave) and Albanian mag (a hare's young, hinnulus).

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Noun[edit]

maiden (plural maidens)

  1. (now chiefly literary) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
  2. A female virgin.
    She's unmarried and still a maiden.
  3. (obsolete, dialectal) A man with no experience of sex, especially because of deliberate abstention.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XI:
      And for all women Sir Bors was a vergyne, sauff for one, that was the doughter of Kynge Braundegorys [...], and sauff for her, Sir Bors was a clene mayden.
  4. A maidservant.
  5. (now rare) An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
  6. A racehorse without any victory ('virgin record').
  7. (historical) A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wharton to this entry?)
  8. (cricket) A maiden over.
  9. (obsolete) A machine for washing linen.
  10. (Wicca) Alternative form of Maiden.

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maiden (not comparable)

  1. Virgin.
    • Thackeray
      a surprising old maiden lady
  2. (of a female, human or animal) Without offspring.
  3. Like or befitting a (young, unmarried) maiden.
    • Shakespeare
      Have you no modesty, no maiden shame?
  4. (figuratively) Being a first occurrence or event.
    The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
    After Edmund Burke's maiden speech, William Pitt the Elder said Burke had "spoken in such a manner as to stop the mouths of all Europe" and that the Commons should congratulate itself on acquiring such a member.
  5. (cricket) Being an over in which no runs are scored.
  6. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
    • Shakespeare
      maiden flowers
    • Shakespeare
      Full bravely hast thou fleshed / Thy maiden sword.
  7. Of a fortress, never having been captured or violated.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Macaulay to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

maiden

  1. Genitive plural form of maa.

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