maidenhead

noun

maid·​en·​head ˈmā-dᵊn-ˌhed How to pronounce maidenhead (audio)
1
: the quality or state of being a maiden : virginity
2
: hymen

Word History

Etymology

Middle English maidenhed, from maiden + -hed -hood; akin to Middle English -hod -hood

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of maidenhead was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Maidenhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maidenhead. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

maidenhead

noun
maid·​en·​head ˈmād-ᵊn-ˌhed How to pronounce maidenhead (audio)
: hymen

Geographical Definition

Maidenhead

geographical name

Maid·​en·​head ˈmā-dᵊn-ˌhed How to pronounce Maidenhead (audio)
town in Berkshire, southern England, on the Thames River west of London population 63,500

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