maid·​en | \ ˈmā-dᵊn How to pronounce maiden (audio) \

Definition of maiden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of maiden (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(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

Synonyms & Antonyms for maiden

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of maiden in a Sentence

Noun a story about a courageous knight who rescues a fair maiden a story about a beautiful maiden and her mysterious father Adjective the maiden issue of a new magazine a politician giving his maiden speech in the Senate
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ons Jabeur, coming off her maiden 1000 title in Madrid, defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-2. Andrew Dampf, ajc, 11 May 2022 The imagery is unmistakable and centuries old: the brute and the maiden. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2022 Taiba’s Beyer Speed Figures for the maiden victory (103) and Santa Anta Derby win (102) are two of the top four among all 3-year-olds in North America this year. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 6 May 2022 Taiba faced just six other horses in his maiden victory and five others in the Santa Anita Derby. Jason Frakes, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 After starting a respectable 19th for his maiden 500, the British driver crashed just under 70 laps in this season and wound up 32nd. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 After her maiden cruise in the Mediterranean, the yacht will be one of the stars at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monte Carlo. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 June 2022 After Zozos rallied in the stretch to break his maiden on Jan. 23, the colt ran to a 10.25-length victory in his second race on Feb. 11. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 May 2022 As the above evidence suggests, the youthful Guardians, in their maiden season under their new nickname, are somewhat of a hardball hodgepodge. Jim Ingraham, Forbes, 23 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Kirk's shirt as often as possible, our mission is to represent a variety of agreed upon classics from the U.S.S. Enterprise's maiden voyage that would delight both the original and next generation of fans. Andrew Walsh,, 4 Aug. 2022 Take a sale on the real-life Titanic:Titanic replica will have maiden voyage in 2022 How many people were on the Titanic? Anna Kaufman, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 The exception to this will be the maiden voyage, which is five nights and sets sail July 14. Megan Dubois, Chron, 14 July 2022 Disney's newest cruise ship is setting sail on its maiden voyage Thursday from Port Canaveral, Florida, to the Bahamas. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 14 July 2022 On a cold and drizzly day in November 2021, a colossal boat in Russian colors left a shipyard in St. Petersburg on its maiden voyage. Stephen Lezak, The New Republic, 12 July 2022 The new Disney Wish cruise ship makes its maiden voyage from Florida to the Bahamas on Thursday, July 14. al, 11 July 2022 According to the Clusterwink crew, who are costumed in 1940s-style Navy uniforms and stay in character at all times, the audience is joining the crew for a party to celebrate the vessel’s maiden voyage on Aug. 29, 1949. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 July 2022 The Disney Wish will set sail on its maiden voyage a cruise to the Bahamas on July 14, 2022. Robin Raven, Forbes, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of maiden


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for maiden

Noun and Adjective

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

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“Maiden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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maid·​en | \ ˈmā-dᵊn How to pronounce maiden (audio) \

Kids Definition of maiden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an unmarried girl or woman



Kids Definition of maiden (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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