maidenhood

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From Middle English maydenhode, meidenhod, maȝdenhad, from Old English mæġdenhād (maidenhood), corresponding to maiden +‎ -hood.

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maidenhood (countable and uncountable, plural maidenhoods)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being a maiden; the time when one is a maiden or young girl.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XI:
      I have gyven the the grettyst ryches and the fayryst floure that ever I had, and that is my maydynhode that I shall never have agayne – and therefore, jantyll knyght, owghe me youre good wyll.
  2. The state of an unwed female; virginity.
  3. (countable) The maidenhead.
  4. Freshness; newness.

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