A young maiden.
- Maiden is defined as a girl or woman (especially an older woman) who has never been married, or something attempted for the first time.
- An elderly aunt who is not married is an example of someone who would be described as a maiden aunt.
- The very first voyage a ship takes is an example of something that would be described as a maiden voyage.
- The definition of a maiden is a young unmarried girl, or a virgin.
A young virgin who has never been married is an example of a maiden.
- Now Chiefly Literary
- a girl or young unmarried woman
- a virgin
- a race horse that has never won a race
- [M-] a device like the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals
- Cricket an over in which no runs are scoredin full maiden over
Origin of maidenMiddle English from Old English mægden, diminutive from base of mægeth, maid, virgin, akin to Gothic magaths, Old High German magad from Indo-European base an unverified form maghu-, youngster, unmarried from source Old Irish macc, son, Mac-
- of, characteristic of, or suitable for a maiden
- : now used only of older women: a maiden aunt
- inexperienced; untried; unused; new; fresh
- first or earliest; inaugural: a maiden speech, maiden voyage
- never having won a race: a maiden horse
- for such horses: a maiden race
- Archaic a. An unmarried girl or woman.b. A woman or girl who is a virgin.
- A machine resembling the guillotine, used in Scotland in the 1500s and 1600s to behead criminals.
- Sports a. A racehorse that has never won a race.b. See maiden over.
- Of, relating to, or befitting a maiden.
- Being an unmarried girl or woman: a maiden aunt.
- Being a racehorse that has never won a race.
- First or earliest: a maiden voyage; a maiden speech in the Senate.
Origin of maidenMiddle English from Old English mægden ; see maghu- in Indo-European roots.
- (now chiefly literary) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
- A female virgin.
- She's unmarried and still a maiden.
- A maidservant.
- (now rare) An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
- A racehorse without any victory ('virgin record').
- (historical) A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.
- (cricket) A maiden over.
- (Wicca) Alternative form of Maiden.
- (of a female, human or animal) Without offspring.
- Like or befitting a (young, unmarried) maiden.
- (figuratively) Being a first occurrence or event.
- The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
- (cricket) Being an over in which no runs are scored.
- Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
- Of a fortress, never having been captured or violated.
From Middle English, from Old English mÃ¦Ä¡den (“maiden, virgin, girl, maid, servant"), diminutive of mÃ¦Ä¡Ã¾, mÃ¦Ä¡eÃ¾ (“maiden, virgin, girl, woman, wife") via diminutive suffix -en, from Proto-Germanic *magaÃ¾s (“maid, virgin"), from Proto-Indo-European *maghu- (“fellow, bachelor"), equivalent to maid +"Ž -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").