American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or time of being a maiden.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being a maid or maiden; the state of an unmarried female; virginity.
- n. Freshness; newness.
- n. uncountable The condition of being a maiden; the time when one is a maiden or young girl.
- n. The state of an unwed female; virginity.
- n. countable The maidenhead.
- n. Freshness; newness.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of being a maid or a virgin; virginity.
- n. Newness; freshness; uncontaminated state.
- n. the childhood of a girl
- From Middle English maydenhode, meidenhod, maȝdenhad, from Old English mæġdenhād ("maidenhood"), corresponding to maiden + -hood. (Wiktionary)
“If the negotiations go off smoothly, the marriage contract is written, presents are exchanged between the engaged couple, through their respective parents, and all that is left the girl of her maidenhood is a period of busy preparation for the wedding.”
“Her anxiety pleased me, and I gave her a new confidence by telling her that nature had refused to many young girls what is called maidenhood, and that only a fool could be angry with a girl for such a reason.”
“Her anxiety pleased me, and I gave her a new confidence by telling her that nature had refused to many young girls what is called maidenhood, and that only”
“Ernestine, but little taller than Paula, although hinting of a plus roundness to come, was a sun-healthy, clear blonde, her skin sprayed with the almost transparent flush of maidenhood at eighteen.”
“Ruth was blushing, but it was the blush of maidenhood called upon for the first time to discuss the sacred things of life with a mother held equally sacred.”
“To his shock, Angelo finds himself deeply, furiously desirous of Isabella and says he will spare her brother's life if she gives up her maidenhood to him.”
“The elites conjured up distortions of the slave revolt to suggest that the slaves once they rose up would go after the flower of Southern maidenhood as they termed it, the daughters of the white Southerners.”
“They used the very same myth of the lustful African just waiting to deflower Southern maidenhood …”
“Will Tess Durbeyfield be reincarnated as Ms .45 of 1890, poppin' caps in Alec D'Urberville and Angel Clare's chauvinistic lily-white asses as retribution for their crimes against her purity and maidenhood?”
“It was the first time she had heard an oath from the lips of a man she knew, and she was shocked, not merely as a matter of principle and training, but shocked in spirit by this rough blast of life in the garden of her sheltered maidenhood.”
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