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



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, chapter iij:
      Thenne she said my lord sir launcelot I biseche yow see me as soone as ye may / for I haue obeyed me vnto the prophecy that my fader teld me / And by his commaūdement to fulfille this prophecy I haue gyuen the grettest rychesse and the fayrest floure that euer I had / and that is my maydenhode that I shalle neuer haue ageyne / and therfore gentyl knyȝt owe me youre good wille
  2. The state of an unwed female; virginity.
  3. (countable) The maidenhead.
  4. Freshness; newness.