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Definition of MAIDEN

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Maiden \Maid"en\ (m[=a]d"'n), n. [OE. maiden, meiden, AS. maegden, dim. of AS. maeg[eth], fr. mago son, servant; akin to G. magd, m[aum]dchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. m["o]gr son, Goth. magus boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu youth. Cf. {Maid} a virgin.]
     1. An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid. [1913 Webster]

              She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens.                              --Carew. [1913 Webster]

              A maiden of our century, yet most meek. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     2. A female servant. [Obs.]
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     3. An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

     4. A machine for washing linen.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Maiden \Maid"en\, a.
     1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence.
        "Amid the maiden throng." --Addison. [1913 Webster]

              Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt. "A surprising old maiden lady." --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

     3. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
        "Maiden flowers." --Shak.
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              Full bravely hast thou fleshed
              Thy maiden sword.                     --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated. -- T. Warton. Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

     {Maiden assize} (Eng. Law), an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves. --Smart.

     {Maiden name}, the surname of a woman before her marriage.

     {Maiden pink}. (Bot.) See under {Pink}.

     {Maiden plum} (Bot.), a West Indian tree ({Comocladia integrifolia}) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain.

     {Maiden speech}, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a new member in a public body.

     {Maiden tower}, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.


     {maiden voyage} the first regular service voyage of a ship. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Maiden \Maid"en\, v. t.
     To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object. [1913 Webster]

           For had I maiden'd it, as many use.
           Loath for to grant, but loather to refuse. --Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster]

     {Maiden grass}, the smaller quaking grass.

     {Maiden tree}. See {Ginkgo}.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

154 Moby Thesaurus words for "maiden":
     ax, babe, baby, bachelor girl, bachelorlike, beardless, block, boyish, boylike, broad, calflike, callow, chaste, chick, chief, childish, childlike, colleen, coltish, cross, cutie, dame, damoiselle, damsel, death chair, death chamber, demoiselle, dewy, doll, drop, earliest, electric chair, ever-new, evergreen, feme sole, filly, first, firsthand, fledgling, foremost, frail, fresh, front, gal, gallows, gallows-tree, gas chamber, gibbet, girl, girlie, girlish, girllike, green, guillotine, halter, head, heifer, hemp, hempen collar, hot seat, hoyden, husbandless, immature, inaugural, initial, intact, jeune fille, jill, junior miss, kiddish, lass, lassie, leading, lethal chamber, little missy, lone woman, mademoiselle, maid, maiden lady, maidenly, main, miss, missy, neoteric, nestling, new, noose, nymphet, old maid, old-maidish, original, piece, pioneer, premier, primary, prime, principal, pristine, puerile, puplike, puppyish, puppylike, quail, raw, romp, rope, scaffold, schoolgirl, schoolmaid, schoolmiss, sempervirent, shakedown, single, single girl, skirt, slip, sole, spinster, spinsterish, spinsterlike, spinsterly, spinstress, spouseless, stake, subdeb, subdebutante, subteen, subteener, teenybopper, the chair, tomato, tomboy, tree, unbeaten, undefiled, undeveloped, unfledged, unhandled, unmarried, untouched, untried, untrodden, unused, unwed, unwedded, vernal, vestal, vestal virgin, virgin, virginal, wench, young, young creature, young thing


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