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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The cruise line, which boasts four ships in its fleet, will sail to more than 20 maiden ports as well as offer new shore excursions, pre- and post- cruise land programs, and evening programming. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 18 Oct. 2021 Regulars — me after my maiden visit in September — have been rewarded with a shot of something the bartender is eager to share, one time a restorative piña colada. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 On the maiden run on October 1, the Ahuachapan plant produced just one-hundredth of a Bitcoin worth less than $500. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2021 MacKinnon broke his maiden in a turf race here July 31. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 Native Charm Broke maiden on turf and returns to that surface in 3rd-off layoff. Reina Kempt, The Courier-Journal, 27 Apr. 2021 The singer has not yet announced her maiden tour in support of Sour, which spent six weeks atop the Rolling Stone 200 album chart following its release in May. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2021 Fools rush in where angels fear to tread, but faint heart never won fair maiden. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2021 Houlihan, whose maiden named is Benedetto, is an Evergreen Park resident who grew up in Tinley Park and attended Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox. Jeff Vorva,, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On its maiden voyage through the Northwest Passage in 2000, the Arctic had about a quarter more ice cover. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2021 The ship was originally meant to sail its maiden voyage in U.S. waters from PortMiami on April 1, 2020. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 6 Oct. 2021 After a dry run to the geographical North Pole this summer, Le Commandant Charcot will make its official maiden voyage with passengers this November. Rachel King, Fortune, 2 Oct. 2021 McNealy’s quest for his maiden professional victory shows the difficulty of winning on the PGA Tour. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 The Norwegian Prima's maiden voyage will set sail from the Texas coast summer 2022. Madalyn Mendoza, Chron, 25 Sep. 2021 Organizations are embarking on a cloud voyage — often a maiden voyage — at a pace faster than most predicted. Tim Femister, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Vince Vazquez is the head coach of the U10 Miami Hurricanes and is enjoying his maiden voyage with flag football. Emmett Hall,, 15 Sep. 2021 The Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth came to the waters of South Korea on August 30 for a three-day at-sea defense engagement near Busan, as part of its maiden Asia-Pacific deployment. Yoonjung Seo And Brad Lendon, CNN, 3 Sep. 2021

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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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The first known use of maiden was before the 12th century

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“Maiden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maiden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a young girl or woman who is not married



English Language Learners Definition of maiden (Entry 2 of 2)

: not married
: coming before all others : first or earliest


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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