Definitions

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

  • n. Maidenhood.

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  • n. Maidenhood; virginity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Maidenhood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Maidenhood; virginity.

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

  • n. the childhood of a girl

Etymologies

From maid +‎ -hood. Compare maidenhood. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Certes, it was not my brother who won thy maidhood.

    The Nibelungenlied

  • It was clear enough that Alan didn't like her either, but because she was Candi's friend he'd felt obligated to be nice to her, nice to poor Bea, who was heading toward old-maidhood, or whatever they called it now-she'd seen it in his stupid eyes.

    The Cardinal of the Kremlin

  • But they were mostly letters from cranks ... or from girls very, very young and sentimental, or on the verge of old-maidhood, who were casting about for some escape from the narrow daily life that environed them ....

    Tramping on Life

  • "I hate your manhood, send it after the maidhood; it fits me just as badly."

    Gulliver of Mars

  • In her powerful novel _Aus guter Familie_, Gabrielle Reuter describes the life of a German girl whose parents cannot give her a dowry, and who is doomed in consequence to old maidhood and to all the disappointments, restrictions, and humiliations of unsought women.

    Home Life in Germany

  • All through the kaleidoscopic transformation-scenes of the "season", through which she moved magnificently, old-maidhood notwithstanding, she was unconsciously seeking him.

    Sisters

  • I am a woman, and as I do not think that I shall ever marry, I refuse to be chaperoned all the way to old-maidhood.

    Taquisara

  • Cesario, by the roses of the spring, by maidhood, honour, and by truth, I love you so, that, in spite of your pride, I have neither wit nor reason to conceal my passion.

    Twelfth Night; or, What you Will

  • No, I am talking of the girl you loved who was not only really grown up and too old for you, but grown up almost into old-maidhood, and too old perhaps for anyone.

    Jersey Street and Jersey Lane Urban and Suburban Sketches

  • So much for resorting to marriage for deliverance from poverty or old maidhood.

    The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete

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