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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, relating 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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British Dictionary definitions for maidenship

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 maidenship

maiden

n.

Old English mægden, mæden "maiden, virgin, girl; maid, servant," diminutive of mægð, mægeð "virgin, girl; woman, wife," from Proto-Germanic *magadinom "young womanhood, sexually inexperienced female" (cf. Old Saxon magath, Old Frisian maged, Old High German magad "virgin, maid," German Magd "maid, maidservant," German Mädchen "girl, maid," from Mägdchen "little maid"), fem. variant of PIE root *maghu- "youngster of either sex, unmarried person" (cf. Old English magu "child, son, male descendant," Avestan magava- "unmarried," Old Irish maug "slave").

adj.

"virgin, unmarried," c.1300, from maiden (n.). The figurative sense of "new fresh, first" (cf. maiden voyage) is first recorded 1550s. Maiden name is from 1680s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for maidenship

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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