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Maiden

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Noun
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maid=en

CIDE DICTIONARY

Maidenn. [OE. maiden, meiden, AS. mægden, dim. of AS. mæg, fr. mago son, servant; akin to G. magd, mädchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. mögr son, Goth. magus boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu youth. Cf. Maid a virgin.].
  •  An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid.  [1913 Webster]
    "She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens."  [1913 Webster]
    "A maiden of our century, yet most meek."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A female servant.  [1913 Webster]
  •  An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.  Wharton.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A machine for washing linen.  [1913 Webster]
Maidena. 
  •  Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence.  Addison.  [1913 Webster]
    "Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ?"  [1913 Webster]
  •  Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt.  Thackeray.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
    "Full bravely hast thou fleshed
    Thy maiden sword.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.   T. Warton. Macaulay.  [1913 Webster]
Maiden assize (Eng. Law), an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves. Smart. -- Maiden name, the surname of a woman before her marriage. -- Maiden pink. (Bot.) See under Pink. -- Maiden plum (Bot.), a West Indian tree (Comocladia integrifolia) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain. -- Maiden speech, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a new member in a public body. -- Maiden tower, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy. -- maiden voyage the first regular service voyage of a ship.
Maidenv. t. 
     To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object.  [1913 Webster]
    "For had I maiden'd it, as many use.
    Loath for to grant, but loather to refuse.
    "  [1913 Webster]
Maiden grass, the smaller quaking grass. -- Maiden tree. See Ginkgo.

OXFORD DICTIONARY

Maiden, n.
1 a archaic or poet. a girl; a young unmarried woman. b (attrib.) unmarried (maiden aunt).
2 Cricket = maiden over.
3 (attrib.) (of a female animal) unmated.
4 (often attrib.) a a horse that has never won a race. b a race open only to such horses.
5 (attrib.) being or involving the first attempt or occurrence (maiden speech; maiden voyage).

Idiom
maiden name a wife's surname before marriage. maiden over Cricket an over in which no runs are scored off the bat.
Derivative
maidenhood n. maidenish adj. maidenlike adj. maidenly adj.
Etymology
OE m{aelig}gden, dimin. f. m{aelig}geth f. Gmc

DEVIL DICTIONARY

Maiden

n. A young person of the unfair sex addicted to clewless conduct and views that madden to crime. The genus has a wide geographical distribution, being found wherever sought and deplored wherever found. The maiden is not altogether unpleasing to the eye, nor (without her piano and her views) insupportable to the ear, though in respect to comeliness distinctly inferior to the rainbow, and, with regard to the part of her that is audible, bleating out of the field by the canary -- which, also, is more portable.


A lovelorn maiden she sat and sang --
This quaint, sweet song sang she;
"It's O for a youth with a football bang
And a muscle fair to see!
The Captain he
Of a team to be!
On the gridiron he shall shine,
A monarch by right divine,
And never to roast on it -- me!"
Opoline Jones

THESAURUS

Maiden

ax, babe, baby, bachelor girl, bachelorlike, beardless, block, boyish, boylike, broad, calflike, callow, chaste, chick, chief, childish, childlike, colleen, coltish, cross, cutie, dame, damoiselle, damsel, death chair, death chamber, demoiselle, dewy, doll, drop, earliest, electric chair, ever-new, evergreen, feme sole, filly, first, firsthand, fledgling, foremost, frail, fresh, front, gal, gallows, gallows-tree, gas chamber, gibbet, girl, girlie, girlish, girllike, green, guillotine, halter, head, heifer, hemp, hempen collar, hot seat, hoyden, husbandless, immature, inaugural, initial, intact, jeune fille, jill, junior miss, kiddish, lass, lassie, leading, lethal chamber, little missy, lone woman, mademoiselle, maid, maiden lady, maidenly, main, miss, missy, neoteric, nestling, new, noose, nymphet, old maid, old-maidish, original, piece, pioneer, premier, primary, prime, principal, pristine, puerile, puplike, puppyish, puppylike, quail, raw, romp, rope, scaffold, schoolgirl, schoolmaid, schoolmiss, sempervirent, shakedown, single, single girl, skirt, slip, sole, spinster, spinsterish, spinsterlike, spinsterly, spinstress, spouseless, stake, subdeb, subdebutante, subteen, subteener, teenybopper, the chair, tomato, tomboy, tree, unbeaten, undefiled, undeveloped, unfledged, unhandled, unmarried, untouched, untried, untrodden, unused, unwed, unwedded, vernal, vestal, vestal virgin, virgin, virginal, wench, young, young creature, young thing

ROGET THESAURUS

Maiden

Beginning

N beginning, commencement, opening, outset, incipience, inception, inchoation, introduction, alpha, initial, inauguration, debut, le premier pas, embarcation, rising of the curtain, maiden speech, outbreak, onset, brunt, initiative, move, first move, narrow end of the wedge, thin end of the wedge, fresh start, new departure, origin, source, rise, bud, germ, egg, rudiment, genesis, primogenesis, birth, nativity, cradle, infancy, start, inception, creation, starting point, dawn, evolution, title-page, head, heading, van, caption, fatihah, entrance, entry, inlet, orifice, mouth, chops, lips, porch, portal, portico, propylon, door, gate, gateway, postern, wicket, threshold, vestibule, propylaeum, skirts, border, first stage, first blush, first glance, first impression, first sight, rudiments, elements, outlines, grammar, alphabet, ABC, beginning, initial, initiatory, initiative, inceptive, introductory, incipient, proemial, inaugural, inchoate, inchoative, embryonic, rudimental, primogenial, primeval, primitive, primordial, aboriginal, natal, nascent, first, foremost, leading, maiden, begun, just begun, at the beginning, in the beginning first, in the first place, imprimis, first and foremost, in limine, in the bud, in embryo, in its infancy, from the beginning, from its birth, ab initio, ab ovo, ab incunabilis, ab origine, let's get going!, let's get this show on the road!, up and at 'em!, aller Anfang ist schwer, dimidium facti qui coepit habet, omnium rerum principia parva sunt.

Infant

N infant, babe, baby, babe in arms, nurseling, suckling, yearling, weanling, papoose, bambino, kid, vagitus, child, bairn, little one, brat, chit, pickaninny, urchin, bantling, bratling, elf, youth, boy, lad, stripling, youngster, youngun, younker, callant, whipster, whippersnapper, whiffet, schoolboy, hobbledehoy, hopeful, cadet, minor, master, scion, sap, seedling, tendril, olive branch, nestling, chicken, larva, chrysalis, tadpole, whelp, cub, pullet, fry, callow, codlin, codling, foetus, calf, colt, pup, foal, kitten, lamb, lambkin, aurelia, caterpillar, cocoon, nymph, nympha, orphan, pupa, staddle, girl, lass, lassie, wench, miss, damsel, demoiselle, maid, maiden, virgin, hoyden, infantine, infantile, puerile, boyish, girlish, childish, babyish, kittenish, baby, newborn, unfledged, new-fledged, callow, in the cradle, in swaddling clothes, in long clothes, in arms, in leading strings, at the breast, in one's teens.

Celibacy

N celibacy, singleness, single blessedness, bachelorhood, bachelorship, misogamy, misogyny, virginity, pucelage, maidenhood, maidenhead, unmarried man, bachelor, Coelebs, agamist, old bachelor, misogamist, misogynist, monogamist, monk, unmarried woman, spinster, maid, maiden, virgin, feme sole, old maid, bachelor girl, girl-bachelor, nun, unmarried, unwed, unwedded, wifeless, spouseless, single.


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