maidenly

adjective

maid·​en·​ly ˈmā-dᵊn-lē How to pronounce maidenly (audio)
: of, resembling, or suitable to a maiden

Examples of maidenly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Virgo Virgo is symbolized by the maidenly virgin, which often leads to the misconception that Virgos are prudish and innocent. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 25 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maidenly was in the 15th century

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“Maidenly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maidenly. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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