Maiden

Definition of Maiden

Maid´en   Pronunciation: mād´'n
n.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.
3.An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
4.A machine for washing linen.
a.1.Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence.
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.
3.Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
4.Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.
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.
Maiden name
the surname of a woman before her marriage.
- Smart.
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.
v. t.1.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.
Maiden grass
the smaller quaking grass.
Maiden tree
See Ginkgo.

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