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
- 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").