comely maidens

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

  • Incorrectly attributed to a speech by Irish statesman Éamon de Valera.. A longer version is often misquoted as, "comely maidens, dancing at the crossroads". The actual phrase, delivered in a radio broadcast on St. Patrick's Day 1943, mentions "the laughter of happy maidens, whose firesides would be forums for the wisdom of serene old age." See Wikipedia Article.

Noun[edit]

comely maidens (plural only)

  1. (plural only, Ireland) An allegory of an outdated view of modern Irish women, used as a reference to misogynistic opinions.
    He was surprised to see so many women workers. What did he expect, comely maidens?.