maiden

maiden

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English

Etymology

From Middle English mayden, 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-West Germanic *magaþ, from Proto-Germanic *magaþs (maid, virgin). Equivalent to maid +‎ -en.

Pronunciation

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

Noun

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.
  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. (horse racing) A horse race in which all starters are maidens.
  9. (historical) A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wharton to this entry?)
  10. (cricket) A maiden over.
  11. (obsolete) A machine for washing linen.
  12. (Wicca) Alternative form of Maiden

Synonyms

  • (unmarried (young) female): bachelorette

Derived terms

Related terms

  • maid

Translations

Adjective

maiden (not comparable)

  1. Virgin.
    • 1857-1859, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Virginians
      a surprising old maiden lady
  2. (of a female, human or animal) Without offspring.
  3. Like or befitting a (young, unmarried) maiden.
  4. (figuratively) Being a first occurrence or event.
  5. (cricket) Being an over in which no runs are scored.
  6. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
  7. (of a fortress) Never having been captured or violated.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of T. Warton to this entry?)
  8. (of a tree) Grown from seed and never pruned

Synonyms

  • maidenly

Derived terms

Translations

Anagrams

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

Finnish

Alternative forms

  • maitten

Noun

maiden

  1. genitive plural of maa

Anagrams

  • median

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