maidenhead

maidenhead

[meyd-n-hed]
noun
1.
the hymen.
2.
maidenhood; virginity.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English maidenhed. See maiden, -head

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maidenhead (ˈmeɪdənˌhɛd)
 
n
1.  a nontechnical word for the hymen
2.  virginity; maidenhood
 
[C13: from maiden + -hed, variant of -hood]

Maidenhead (ˈmeɪdənˌhɛd)
 
n
a town in S England, in Windsor and Maidenhead unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames. Pop: 58 848 (2001)

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maidenhead
c.1300, from maiden + -head (see godhead).
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maidenhead maid·en·head (mād'n-hěd')
n.

  1. The condition or quality of being a maiden; virginity.

  2. The hymen.

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maidenhead

town, Windsor and Maidenhead unitary authority, historic county of Berkshire, England, on the River Thames. A stone bridge (1772-77) carries the London-Bath road across the river, and the Brunel railway bridge (1837-38) has two of the widest brick spans in the world. Maidenhead Thicket and Pinkneys Green together cover 535 acres (217 hectares) of National Trust land. Along with their boating facilities and proximity to the metropolis of London, the parklands have contributed to making Maidenhead a popular residential area and summer resort. Pop. (2001) 58,848.

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