Maiden meaning

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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.

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(cricket) A maiden over.
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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.

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A device like the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
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(of a female, human or animal) Without offspring.
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Being a racehorse that has never won a race.
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First or earliest.

A maiden voyage; a maiden speech in the Senate.

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A race horse that has never won a race.
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Of, characteristic of, or suitable for a maiden.
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Inexperienced; untried; unused; new; fresh.
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First or earliest; inaugural.

A maiden speech, maiden voyage.

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(now chiefly literary) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
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A female virgin.

She's unmarried and still a maiden.

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(now rare) An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
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A racehorse without any victory ('virgin record').
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(historical) A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.

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(Wicca) Alternative form of Maiden.
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Like or befitting a (young, unmarried) maiden.
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(figuratively) Being a first occurrence or event.

The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.

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(cricket) Being an over in which no runs are scored.
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Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
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Of a fortress, never having been captured or violated.

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(Wicca) One of the triune goddesses of the Lady in Wicca alongside the Crone and Mother representing a girl or a young woman.
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A machine resembling the guillotine, used in Scotland in the 1500s and 1600s to behead criminals.
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Of, relating to, or befitting a maiden.
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Being an unmarried girl or woman.

A maiden aunt.

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(cricket) An over in which no runs are scored.
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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").

    From Wiktionary