Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Maidenhood.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Maidenhood; virginity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Maidenhood.

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  • noun Maidenhood; virginity.

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

  • noun the childhood of a girl

Etymologies

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From maid +‎ -hood. Compare maidenhood.

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

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

    The Nibelungenlied

  • 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

  • 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 An Autobiographical Narrative

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

    Gulliver of Mars

  • "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

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