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maidenhead

[meyd-n-hed] /ˈmeɪd nˌhɛd/
noun
1.
the hymen.
2.
maidenhood; virginity.
Origin of maidenhead
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English maidenhed. See maiden, -head
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Examples from the Web for maidenhead
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  • What can be more different, for instance, than the river about maidenhead and the river above Marlow?

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • I make it eleven because if it's fine we might run down and have the day at maidenhead.

  • This reach at maidenhead, is one of the most popular on the river.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • Yet the beauties are no less admirable than those of the adored maidenhead.

    The Thames G. E. Mitton
  • On the 11th they say they paid out three shillings in telegrams, and I was at maidenhead!'

    Penelope's English Experiences Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Come, boys, Virginia longs till we share the rest of her maidenhead.

  • He makes love commonly with his purse, and brags most of his maidenhead.

  • maidenhead is on the other side of the river; Taplow opposite.

    English Pictures Samuel Manning
  • He was descended from a maidenhead tailor, one of whose sons made a fortune in Jamaica.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • They are reached by a charming drive of five or six miles from maidenhead.

    English Pictures Samuel Manning
British Dictionary definitions for maidenhead

maidenhead

/ˈmeɪdənˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a nontechnical word for the hymen
2.
virginity; maidenhood
Word Origin
C13: from maiden + -hed, variant of -hood

Maidenhead

/ˈmeɪdənˌhɛd/
noun
1.
a town in S England, in Windsor and Maidenhead unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames. Pop: 58 848 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for maidenhead
n.

c.1200, from maiden (n.) + -head (see godhead). Cf. also maidehede (c.1200) "celibacy, virginity" (of men or women).

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maidenhead in Medicine

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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