maid·​en·​ly | \ ˈmā-dᵊn-lē How to pronounce maidenly (audio) \

Definition of maidenly

: of, resembling, or suitable to a maiden

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Virgo Virgo is symbolized by the maidenly virgin, which often leads to the misconception that Virgos are prudish and innocent. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Best Last-Minute Halloween Costume For You According to Your Zodiac Sign," 25 Oct. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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