A young virgin who has never been married is an example of a maiden.
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.
A maiden voyage; a maiden speech in the Senate.
A maiden speech, maiden voyage.
The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
A maiden aunt.
Origin of maiden
- Middle English from Old English mægden maghu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, 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 +"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").