maiden

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See also: Maiden, mäiden, and Mäiden

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English maiden, meiden, 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 (Mädchen or Mädel ‎(young girl, lass, lassie), Magd ‎(maidservant)), Old Irish mug ‎(slave), and Albanian mag ‎(a hare's young, hinnulus).

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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, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter iv, in Le Morte Darthur, book XI:
      As for that said sire Bors I wille be shryuen with a good wylle / Soo syr Bors was confessyd / and for al wymmen sir Bors was a vyrgyne / sauf for one / that was the doughter of kynge Brangorys / and on her he gat a child that hyghte Elayne / and sauf for her syre Bors was a clene mayden
  4. A maidservant.
  5. (now rare) An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
  6. (horse racing) 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.
    • William Thackeray
      a surprising old maiden lady
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      It was just the middle of October when I moved in with my maiden sister []
  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.
    • 2012 May 13, Andrew Benson, “Williams's Pastor Maldonado takes landmark Spanish Grand Prix win”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado took his maiden victory and Williams's first since 2004 in a strategic battle with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
  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?)
  8. (of a tree) Grown from seed and never pruned

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maiden

  1. Genitive plural form of maa.

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