Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unmarried girl or woman.
  • n. A virgin.
  • n. A machine resembling the guillotine, used in Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries to behead criminals.
  • n. Sports A racehorse that has never won a race.
  • n. Sports A maiden over.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or befitting a maiden: a maiden blush.
  • adj. Being an unmarried girl or woman: a maiden aunt.
  • adj. Being a racehorse that has never won a race.
  • adj. First or earliest: a maiden voyage; a maiden speech in the Senate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A girl or an unmarried young woman.
  • n. A female virgin.
  • n. A man with no experience of sex, especially because of deliberate abstention.
  • n. A maidservant.
  • n. An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.
  • n. A racehorse without any victory ('virgin record').
  • n. A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.
  • n. A maiden over.
  • n. Alternative form of Maiden.
  • adj. virgin
  • adj. without offspring
  • adj. like/ fitting a (young, unmarried) maiden
  • adj. describing a first occurrence or event
  • adj. describing an over in which no runs are scored

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin.
  • adj. Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man.
  • adj. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused.
  • adj. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.
  • n. An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid.
  • n. A female servant.
  • n. An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
  • n. A machine for washing linen.
  • transitive v. To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A maid, in any sense of that word. See maid.
  • n. An animal or a thing that is young, new, inexperienced, untried, or untaken.
  • n. The last handful of corn cut down by the reapers on a farm. It is dressed up with ribbons.
  • n. A wisp of straw put into a hoop of iron, used by a blacksmith in watering his fire.
  • n. An instrument of capital punishment formerly used.
  • n. A mallet for beating linen, used in washing.
  • Being a maid; belonging to the class of maids or virgins.
  • Of or pertaining to a maid or to maids: as, maiden charms.
  • Like a maid in any respect; virginal; chaste.
  • Young; fresh; new; hitherto untried or unused; unsullied; unstained.
  • To act or speak in a maidenly manner; behave modestly or demurely.
  • n. A frame on which clothes are dried.
  • n. plural See mingles.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
  • adj. serving to set in motion
  • n. an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English mægden.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English mæġden ("maiden, virgin, girl, maid, servant"), diminutive of mæġþ, mæġeþ ("maiden, virgin, girl, woman, wife") via diminutive suffix -en, from Proto-Germanic *magaþiz (“maid, virgin”), from Proto-Indo-European *maghu- (“fellow, bachelor”), equivalent to maid +‎ -en. Cognate with Dutch maagd ("virgin"), Old High German magad ("maiden") (modern German Magd ("virgin")), Old Irish mug ("slave") and Albanian mag ("a hare's young, hinnulus"). (Wiktionary)

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  • "The last handful of corn cut down by the reapers on a farm. It is dressed up with ribbons.

    A wisp of straw put into a hoop of iron, used by a blacksmith in watering his fire."

    --Cent. Dict.

    September 6, 2012

  • One aspect of the triple goddess in Wicca
    See also mother and crone

    February 17, 2008

  • Cricket jargon - 1. an over from which no runs are scored; 2. the first, eg. a maiden century.

    November 30, 2007