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maiden

[meyd-n] /ˈmeɪd n/
noun
1.
a girl or young unmarried woman; maid.
2.
a horse that has never won a race.
3.
a race open only to maiden horses.
4.
an instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
5.
Cricket. maiden over.
adjective
6.
of, pertaining to, or befitting a girl or unmarried woman.
7.
(of a woman) unmarried:
my maiden aunt.
8.
made, tried, appearing, etc., for the first time:
a maiden flight.
9.
10.
(of a horse) never having won a race or a prize.
11.
(of a prize or a race) offered for or open only to maiden horses.
12.
untried, as a knight, soldier, or weapon.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English mægden, equivalent to mægd, mæg(e)th (cognate with German Magd, Gothic magaths) + -en -en5
Related forms
maidenish, adjective
maidenship, noun
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Examples for maiden
  • The maiden launch into orbit of the first commercial spacecraft was successful.
  • My mothers maiden name is someones else s maiden name set.
  • We are trying to figure out the author's maiden name.
  • The world's first flying car to take off vertically will make its maiden flight in a matter of weeks.
  • She is married but uses that maiden name in her profession.
  • We're worried about this, and the story of the unsinkable ship that went down on its maiden voyage captures our anxiety.
  • They said it was unsinkable, yet ice sunk it on its maiden voyage.
  • Anytime something that big makes its maiden flight, it draws a crowd.
  • Perhaps the sea washed him upon a nearby shore and he will disguise himself as a maiden in order to join our campout.
  • Leading to a tower on each side, it might well be the path to some isolated maiden.
British Dictionary definitions for maiden

maiden

/ˈmeɪdən/
noun
1.
(archaic or literary)
  1. a young unmarried girl, esp when a virgin
  2. (as modifier) a maiden blush
2.
(horse racing)
  1. a horse that has never won a race
  2. (as modifier) a maiden race
3.
(cricket) See maiden over
4.
(Northern English, dialect) Also called clothes maiden. a frame on which clothes are hung to dry; clothes horse
5.
(modifier) of or relating to an older unmarried woman a maiden aunt
6.
(modifier) of or involving an initial experience or attempt a maiden voyage, maiden speech
7.
(modifier) (of a person or thing) untried; unused
8.
(modifier) (of a place) never trodden, penetrated, or captured
Derived Forms
maidenish, adjective
maiden-like, adjective
Word Origin
Old English mægden; related to Old High German magad, Old Norse mogr young man, Old Irish mug slave
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Word Origin and History for maiden
maiden
O.E. mæden, mægden, dim. of mægð, mægeð "maid," from P.Gmc. *magadinom "young womanhood, sexually inexperienced female" (cf. O.S. magath, O.Fris. maged, O.H.G. magad, Ger. Magd "maid, maidservant," Ger. Mädchen "girl, maid," from Mägdchen "little maid"), fem. variant of PIE base *maghu- "youngster of either sex, unmarried person" (cf. O.E. magu "child, son," Avestan magava- "unmarried," O.Ir. maug "slave"). Figurative sense of "new fresh, first" (cf. maiden voyage) first recorded 1550s.
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Slang definitions & phrases for maiden

maiden

noun

A racehorse, regardless of sex, that has never won a race; bug (1880+ Horse racing)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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