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From Middle English mayden, meiden, from Old English mæġden (girl), originally a diminutive of mæġeþ (girl) via diminutive suffix -en, from Proto-West Germanic *magaþ, from Proto-Germanic *magaþs. Equivalent to maid +‎ -en.

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

maiden (plural maidens)

  1. (now chiefly literary) A girl or an unmarried young woman.
  2. (archaic) 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.
  10. (cricket) A maiden over.
  11. (obsolete) A machine for washing linen.
  12. (Wicca) Alternative form of Maiden
  • (unmarried (young) female): bachelorette
  • maid

maiden (not comparable)

  1. Virgin.
  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.
  8. (of a tree) Grown from seed and never pruned.
  • maidenly
  • Damien, Eidman, Manide, Median, Medina, Midean, aidmen, demain, maenid, mained, median, medina, meidan
  • maitten


  1. genitive plural of maa
  • median
  • (obsolete, Older Scots) maidin, madin

From Middle English mayden, Old English mægden; compare Scottish Gaelic maighdeann. Attested in Older Scots from the 12th century.

maiden (plural maidens)

  1. (archaic) maiden, a girl, an unmarried young woman
  2. (archaic, attributive or in compounds) (something) early, immature, first
    maiden eggthe first egg laid by a young hen
    maiden-chancefirst opportunity
  3. (archaic) a servant girl, a maid
  4. (archaic) the last sheaf of grain harvested, decorated with ribbons and regarded as a talisman; (by extension) the end of the harvest
    Synonyms: kirn, clyack, hare
  5. (historical) [from 16th century] an instrument similar to a guillotine used for capital punishment
  6. (obsolete) [18th to 20th century] the eldest daughter of a landowner or wealthy farmer

maiden (third-person singular simple present maidens, present participle maidenin, simple past maident, past participle maident)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) to act as maiden cummer (mother's assistant) at a christening
    maiden the bairnlook after the child
  • “maiden, n., v.”, in The Dictionary of the Scots Language, Edinburgh: Scottish Language Dictionaries, 2004–present, →OCLC.

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