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maid·en

 (mād′n)
n.
1. Archaic
a. An unmarried girl or woman.
b. A woman or girl who is a virgin.
2. A machine resembling the guillotine, used in Scotland in the 1500s and 1600s to behead criminals.
3. Sports
a. A racehorse that has never won a race.
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or befitting a maiden.
2. Being an unmarried girl or woman: a maiden aunt.
3. Being a racehorse that has never won a race.
4. First or earliest: a maiden voyage; a maiden speech in the Senate.

[Middle English, from Old English mægden; see maghu- in Indo-European roots.]

maiden

(ˈmeɪdən)
n
1. archaic or literary
a. a young unmarried girl, esp when a virgin
b. (as modifier): a maiden blush.
2. (Horse Racing) horse racing
a. a horse that has never won a race
b. (as modifier): a maiden race.
3. (Cricket) cricket See maiden over
4. dialect Also called: clothes maiden Northern English 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
[Old English mægden; related to Old High German magad, Old Norse mogr young man, Old Irish mug slave]
ˈmaidenish adj
ˈmaiden-ˌlike adj

maid•en

(ˈmeɪd n)

n.
1. a girl or young unmarried woman; maid.
2. a horse that has never won a race.
3. an instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland.
adj.
4. of, pertaining to, or befitting a maiden.
5.
a. unmarried: a maiden aunt.
b. virgin.
6. first: a maiden flight.
7. (of a horse) never having won a race.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English mægden=mægd (e. OHG magad), + -en -en5maghu-]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maiden - an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)maiden - an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
damoiselle, damosel, damozel, damsel, demoiselle - a young unmarried woman
fille, girl, miss, missy, young lady, young woman - a young woman; "a young lady of 18"
2.maiden - (cricket) an over in which no runs are scoredmaiden - (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
cricket - a game played with a ball and bat by two teams of 11 players; teams take turns trying to score runs
over - (cricket) the division of play during which six balls are bowled at the batsman by one player from the other team from the same end of the pitch
Adj.1.maiden - serving to set in motionmaiden - serving to set in motion; "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage"
opening - first or beginning; "the memorable opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth"; "the play's opening scene"

maiden

noun
1. (Literary) girl, maid, lass, damsel, miss, virgin, nymph (poetic), lassie (informal), wench stories of brave princes and beautiful maidens
adjective
1. first, initial, inaugural, introductory, initiatory The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.
2. unmarried, pure, virgin, intact, chaste, virginal, unwed, undefiled An elderly maiden aunt had left him £1000.

maiden

adjective
Preceding all others in time:
Translations
فتاه، غادَه
děvčepanna
jomfru
neitineito
ung og ógift kona
mergautinė pavardėpirmoji kelionė jūra
jaunava, meitene
jungfru

maiden

[ˈmeɪdn]
A. N (o.f., poet) → doncella f
B. ADJ [flight, speech] → inaugural, de inauguración
C. CPD maiden aunt Ntía f solterona
maiden lady (o.f.) Nsoltera f
maiden name Napellido m de soltera
maiden over N (Cricket) serie de seis lanzamientos en que no se anota ninguna carrera

maiden

[ˈmeɪdən]
n (= young woman) → jeune fille f
adj [voyage] → inaugural(e)maiden aunt ntante f célibatairemaiden name nnom m de jeune fillemaiden speech npremier discours m (d'un député etc)maid of honour ndemoiselle f d'honneurmaid service n (in hotel, holiday accommodation)service m de femme de ménage, service m de femme de chambre

maiden

n (liter)Maid f (old, poet), → Mädchen nt
adj attrJungfern-; maiden flightJungfernflug m; maiden voyageJungfernfahrt f

maiden

:
maiden aunt
maidenhair
nFrauenhaar nt
maidenhead
n (Anat) → Jungfernhäutchen nt; she lost her maiden (liter)sie hat ihre Unschuld verloren
maidenhood
nJungfräulichkeit f, → Unschuld f; (= time)Jungmädchenzeit f

maiden

:
maiden name
nMädchenname m
maiden over
n (Cricket) 6 Würfe ohne einen Lauf
maiden speech
nJungfernrede f

maiden

[ˈmeɪdn]
1. n (old) (liter) → fanciulla, ragazza
2. adj (flight, voyage) → inaugurale

maiden

(ˈmeidən) noun
a (young) unmarried woman. the village maidens.
maiden name
a woman's surname before her marriage. Mrs Johnson's maiden name was Scott.
maiden voyage
a ship's first voyage.
References in classic literature ?
The little robber maiden was as tall as Gerda, but stronger, broader-shouldered, and of dark complexion; her eyes were quite black; they looked almost melancholy.
As soon as he had lifted the maiden on to his horse the old woman showed him the way, and the King reached his palace, where the wedding was celebrated.
No more than an arm's length away stood a beautiful maiden.
He calls me dear Rebecca,'' said the maiden to herself, ``but it is in the cold and careless tone which ill suits the word.
They are going through the Indian Savage and the Maiden,' said Mrs Crummles.
It comes over the sweet melody of the words-over the gentleness and grace which we fancy in the little maiden herself-even over the half-playful, half-petulant air with which she lingers on the beauties and good qualities of her favorite-like the cool shadow of a summer cloud over a bed of lilies and violets, "and all sweet flowers.
So he went out and took the maiden aside, and said: 'Tonight when the boy is asleep, go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart, and bring me his heart and tongue, and if you do not do it, you shall lose your life.
That the dainty maiden should dance and weep at the same time was indeed surprising; so Dorothy asked in a soft, sympathetic voice:
It was the darker maiden spoke The words I just have stated, The maidens twain were simply friends And not at all related.
The Lovely Maiden with Azure Hair sends for the poor Marionette, puts him to bed, and calls three Doctors to tell her if Pinocchio is dead or alive
One evening went Zarathustra and his disciples through the forest; and when he sought for a well, lo, he lighted upon a green meadow peacefully surrounded with trees and bushes, where maidens were dancing together.
A WIDOW who was fond of cleaning had two little maidens to wait on her.