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Meaning of MAIDEN

Pronunciation:  'meydn

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
  2. [n]  (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
  3. [adj]  serving to set in motion; "the magazine's inaugural issue"; "the initiative phase in the negotiations"; "an initiatory step toward a treaty"; "his first (or maiden) speech in Congress"; "the liner's maiden voyage"
 

MAIDEN is a 6 letter word that starts with M.

 

 Synonyms: first, inaugural, initiative, initiatory, maid, maiden over, opening
 
 See Also: damoiselle, damosel, damozel, damsel, demoiselle, fille, girl, Io, miss, missy, over, young lady, young woman

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Maid"en\, n. [OE. maiden, meiden, AS. m[ae]gden, dim. of
    AS. m[ae]g?, fr. mago son, servant; akin to G. magd,
    m["a]dchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. m["o]gr son, Goth. magus
    boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu youth. Cf.
    {Maid} a virgin.]
    1. An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not
       experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid.
    
             She employed the residue of her life to repairing of
             highways, building of bridges, and endowing of
             maidens.                              --Carew.
    
             A maiden of our century, yet most meek. --Tennyson.
    
    2. A female servant. [Obs.]
    
    3. An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in
       Scotland for beheading criminals. --Wharton.
    
    4. A machine for washing linen.
    
    
  2. \Maid"en\, a.
    1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to,
       or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence.
       ``Amid the maiden throng.'' --Addison.
    
             Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? --Shak.
    
    2. Never having been married; not having had sexual
       intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but
       sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt. ``A surprising
       old maiden lady.'' --Thackeray.
    
    3. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
       ``Maiden flowers.'' --Shak.
    
             Full bravely hast thou fleshed Thy maiden sword.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    4. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been
       captured, or violated. -- T. Warton. Macaulay.
    
    {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.
    
    
    
    
  3. \Maid"en\, v. t.
    To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite
    object.
    
          For had I maiden'd it, as many use. Loath for to grant,
          but loather to refuse.                   --Bp. Hall.
    
    
 
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