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maiden

noun maid·en \ ˈmā-dᵊn \

Definition of maiden

1 :an unmarried girl or woman :maid
2 :a former Scottish beheading device resembling the guillotine (see guillotine 1)
3 :a horse that has never won a race

Examples of maiden in a Sentence

  1. a story about a courageous knight who rescues a fair maiden

  2. a story about a beautiful maiden and her mysterious father

Recent Examples of maiden from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of maiden

Middle English, from Old English mægden, mǣden, diminutive of mægeth; akin to Old High German magad maiden, Old Irish mug serf

maiden Synonyms

Synonyms
damsel, demoiselle, maid, girl, miss
Related Words
virgin; deb, debutante, ingenue (or ingénue); bird [chiefly British], chick [slang], chicken, chit, filly, lass, lassie, sheila [Australian & New Zealand], sister; colleen, mademoiselle, senhorita, senorita (or señorita)

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maiden

adjective

Definition of maiden

1 a (1) :not married
  • a maiden aunt
(2) :virgin
b of a female animal
(1) :never yet mated
(2) :never having borne young
2 :of, relating to, or befitting a maiden
3 :first, earliest
  • a ship's maiden voyage
  • the maiden flight of a spacecraft

Examples of maiden in a Sentence

  1. the maiden issue of a new magazine

  2. a politician giving his maiden speech in the Senate

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Origin and Etymology of maiden


MAIDEN Defined for English Language Learners

maiden

noun

Definition of maiden for English Language Learners

  • : a young girl or woman who is not married


maiden

adjective

Definition of maiden for English Language Learners

  • of a woman : not married

  • : coming before all others : first or earliest


MAIDEN Defined for Kids

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maiden

noun maid·en \ ˈmā-dᵊn \

Definition of maiden for Students

:an unmarried girl or woman

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maiden

adjective

Definition of maiden for Students

2 :1first
  • This is our maiden voyage to Europe.


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