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From Middle English maiden, meiden, 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 +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch maagd (virgin), Old High German magad (maiden), modern German (Mädchen or Mädel (young girl, lass, lassie), Magd (maidservant)), Old Irish mug (slave), and Albanian mag (a hare's young, hinnulus).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmeɪdən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪdən


maiden (plural maidens)

  1. (now chiefly literary) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
  2. A female virgin.
  3. (obsolete, dialectal) A man with no experience of sex, especially because of deliberate abstention.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter iv, in Le Morte Darthur, book XI:
      As for that said sire Bors I wille be shryuen with a good wylle / Soo syr Bors was confessyd / and for al wymmen sir Bors was a vyrgyne / sauf for one / that was the doughter of kynge Brangorys / and on her he gat a child that hyghte Elayne / and sauf for her syre Bors was a clene mayden
  4. A maidservant.
  5. A clothes maiden.
  6. (now rare) An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
  7. (horse racing) A racehorse without any victory, i.e. one having a "virgin record".
  8. (historical) A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.
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  9. (cricket) A maiden over.
  10. (obsolete) A machine for washing linen.
  11. (Wicca) Alternative form of Maiden


  • (unmarried (young) female): bachelorette

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maiden (not comparable)

  1. Virgin.
    • William Thackeray
      a surprising old maiden lady
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      It was just the middle of October when I moved in with my maiden sister []
  2. (of a female, human or animal) Without offspring.
  3. Like or befitting a (young, unmarried) maiden.
    • Shakespeare
      Have you no modesty, no maiden shame?
  4. (figuratively) Being a first occurrence or event.
    The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
    After Edmund Burke's maiden speech, William Pitt the Elder said Burke had "spoken in such a manner as to stop the mouths of all Europe" and that the Commons should congratulate itself on acquiring such a member.
  5. (cricket) Being an over in which no runs are scored.
  6. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
    • Shakespeare
      maiden flowers
    • Shakespeare
      Full bravely hast thou fleshed / Thy maiden sword.
  7. (of a fortress) Never having been captured or violated.
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  8. (of a tree) Grown from seed and never pruned


  • maidenly



  • Damien, Manide, Median, Medina, Midean, aidmen, demain, maenid, mained, median, medina, meidan


Alternative forms

  • maitten



  1. Genitive plural form of maa.


  • median

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