maidenhood


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maid·en·hood

 (mād′n-ho͝od′)
n.
The condition or time of being a maiden.

maidenhood

(ˈmeɪdənˌhʊd)
n
1. the time during which a woman is a maiden or a virgin
2. the condition of being a maiden or virgin

maid•en•hood

(ˈmeɪd nˌhʊd)

n.
the state or time of being a maiden or virgin.
[before 900]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maidenhood - the childhood of a girlmaidenhood - the childhood of a girl    
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
Translations

maidenhood

[ˈmeɪdnhʊd] Ndoncellez f
References in classic literature ?
The recuperative power which pervaded organic nature was surely not denied to maidenhood alone.
It was the first time she had heard an oath from the lips of a man she knew, and she was shocked, not merely as a matter of principle and training, but shocked in spirit by this rough blast of life in the garden of her sheltered maidenhood.
There was in it thankfulness for the past and reverent petition for the future; and when she slept on her white pillow her dreams were as fair and bright and beautiful as maidenhood might desire.
All other scenes of earth -- even that village of rural England, where happy infancy and stainless maidenhood seemed yet to be in her mother's keeping, like garments put off long ago -- were foreign to her, in comparison.
While at supper Don Juan asked Don Quixote what news he had of the lady Dulcinea del Toboso, was she married, had she been brought to bed, or was she with child, or did she in maidenhood, still preserving her modesty and delicacy, cherish the remembrance of the tender passion of Senor Don Quixote?
Altogether she was very beautiful in her own estimation and even in the estimation of the men of Mbonga's tribe, though she was of another people--a trophy of war seized in her maidenhood by one of Mbonga's fighting men.
His son seemed likely to follow in his steps, and was meanwhile applying the same arts to the conquest of the Starkfield maidenhood.
Sainted yet coquettish, it is a vision of Filipino maidenhood.
The pagan romance of the tender, virginal, upper-class heroine (Leucippe, Charicleia) escaping melodramatic threats to her life and maidenhood, and then finding blissful relief in a love match with her equally aristocratic, though-non-virginal, boyfriend gave way to the Christian romance of the unbridled slut (Thais, Mary of Egypt) saved by grace and forswearing sex completely for a life of eremitic isolation and savage mortification.
Perpetual Maidenhood and Second Marriage in In Memoriam and 'The Conjugial Angel'" (ELH 81.
The rose bud held daintily between her thumb and forefinger should not, as a symbol of ripe maidenhood, belong anywhere near her.
Feminine submission is the next most proper indication of Victorianized maidenhood.