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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
IT passeth for a general report of what was customary in former times, that the sheriff of the county used to present the judge with a pair of white gloves at those which we call maiden assizes, viz. when no malefactor is put to death therein; a great rarity (though usual in small) in large and populous countries.
In parts of India, the harvest maiden is Guari and She is represented by both an unmarried girl and a bunch of balsam plants.
In this maiden is incoiporated all the experience of the race.
For two years we had been close; she had been so much my friend, she could not in maiden charity seal for me a so unwelcome fate, I had awakened her slumbering soul with my first look into the sphinx wonder of her eyes.
The fact that an iron maiden is a medieval torture device is also beside the point.
Actually, the fact that an iron maiden is a medieval torture device that pre-dates both rock and roll and comic books does little to invalidate the band's trademark claim.
But Kris, an iron maiden is a medieval torture device.
Next door, at Cruz Vega's place of business, the maiden is carved into a very large picture in which she is in an open meadow.
Showing us up to be A typical inept-lings while they swan in (most times un-asked) and mute whatever quite entertaining cataclysm that was descending down your road while stealing whichever apparently distressed maiden is hanging about the place.
A beautiful young maiden is plagued by her evil stepmother and finds refuge in the forest amongst seven dwarves.