• WordNet 3.6
    • n maid an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
    • n maid a female domestic
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Additional illustrations & photos:

My Pretty Maid music My Pretty Maid music
The Master-Maid with the Glass Axe The Master-Maid with the Glass Axe
The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground The Dwarfs were much frightened at seeing their dear little maid lying on the ground
maid hanging clothes maid hanging clothes
Maids of Honor Maids of Honor

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eleanor Roosevelt wrote David O. Selznick to ask that her maid, Lizzy McDuffy, be considered for the role of Mammy in Gone With the Wind.
    • Maid A female servant. "Spinning amongst her maids ."
    • Maid A man who has not had sexual intercourse. "Christ was a maid and shapen as a man."
    • Maid An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman; esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden. "Would I had died a maid ,
      And never seen thee, never borne thee son."
      "Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me."
    • Maid (Zoöl) The female of a ray or skate, esp. of the gray skate (Raia batis), and of the thornback (Raia clavata).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The "Twelve Days of Christmas" gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. (There are 364 gifts altogether)
    • n maid A young unmarried woman; a girl; specifically, a girl of marriageable age, but applied, usually with little or some other qualifying term, to a female child of any age above infancy: as, a maid, or a little maid, of ten summers.
    • n maid A woman, especially a young woman, who has preserved her virginity; a virgin.
    • n maid A man who has always remained continent.
    • n maid A female servant or attendant charged with domestic duties: usually with a specific designation, as a housemaid, chambermaid, nurse-maid, a maid of all work, etc. See the compounds, and phrases below.
    • n maid One of various fishes. The female of several species of skate.
    • n maid The thornback ray. Also called maiden and maidenskate.
    • n maid The twait-shad.
    • n maid The wryneck, Iynx torquilla.
    • n maid A sort of cheesecake.
    • n maid A game of cards played by any number of persons with a pack of fifty-one cards, one of the queens being thrown out; all cards that match are discarded, and that player in whose hand the odd queen is finally left is said to be caught, and doomed to be an old maid (or bachelor).
    • n maid The lapwing: from the fancy that old maids are changed into these uneasy birds after death.
    • n maid The common clam, Mya arenaria.
    • maid To do the work of a maid: usually referring to a lady's-maid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Maid mād an unmarried woman, esp. one young: a virgin: a female servant
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  • Nursery Rhyme
    Nursery Rhyme
    “What is your fortune, my pretty maid? My face is my fortune, Sir, she said.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “He is a fool that kisseth the maid when he may kiss the mistress.”
  • William Blake
    “Prudence is a rich, ugly, old maid courted by incapacity.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Old maids sweeten their tea with scandal.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Shortened from maiden,. ,. See Maiden
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mægdenmægeð, a maid; cf. magu, son, mǽg, may.


In literature:

Let the dear maid have her way!
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
He flew before Skadi and he let the Giant maid catch him and hold him as a pet.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
Near her lay two maids who served her.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
And just then the maid showed in the Pretty Lady.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The maid from the first floor and the maid from the second were standing on the stairs.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Thereupon the Prince jumped at once upon his horse and rode to the house of Cinder-Maid's father.
"Europa's Fairy Book" by Joseph Jacobs
She is with her father now, and a prettier little maid I never saw.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
The foolish maids call it 'the ghost walk'; but it is only a sound.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
In "MADGE MORTON'S TRUST" the further adventures of the "Merry Maid" were fully related.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers

In poetry:

I heard the music in my heart,
I said, "Sweet maid, I find
That I will have to turn again,
And let you come behind."
"The Stepping Stones" by Alexander Anderson
Then all the maids of Islington
Went forth to sport and play,
All but the bailiff's daughter dear;
She secretly stole away.
"The Bailiff's Daughter Of Islington" by Henry Morley
'One maid, the beauty of the vale,
To whom I vow'd my care,
And gave my heart, had fled away,
And none could tell me where.
"A Tale" by John Logan
By all rever'd, by all ador'd,
There dwelt a wealthy dame;
One peerless daughter bless'd her age,
A maid of spotless fame !
"Sir Raymond of the Castle" by Mary Darby Robinson
A dead man singing of his maid
Makes all my rhymes in vain,
Yet his poor lips must fade and fade,
And mine shall kiss again.
"All Sung" by Richard Le Gallienne
Did some near, viewless angel speak
That word unto the maid,
That thus with sweet, unblanched cheek,
That awful word she said?
"Milly" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

Some residents and business owners in Burbank are angry about a van advertising topless maids, saying it isn't the image that their city is trying to project.
Hotel maid speaks out after Strauss-Kahn settlement.
Lina Ruz, a cook and maid to Angel Castro 's first wife.
Earn Gift Cards, Coupons, Magazine Subscriptions and More (includes Powerade and Minute Maid products).
Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reached a settlement in the civil case filed against him by the midtown hotel maid who said he sexually assaulted her, according to published reports.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn will settle the civil lawsuit brought by the hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year, the.
Strauss-Kahn Loses Bid to Dismiss Maid's N.Y. Go To
Judge rejects immunity claim by Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a hotel maid's civil lawsuit .
Strauss-Kahn case: Maid's lawsuit can go forward, judge rules.
Maids are no longer allowed to clean the outside of windows &hellip.
Flying cars, robot maids and a cashless society.
"It is like having two maids cleaning your house, but they are not communicating," says PAC leader, Raimond Aulen.
Maid of honor was Jen Zieske.
Fay Dietrich , 74, Dutch Maid worker.
Miz MerMullet Maid's Bacon Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp with Peach Dipping Sauce.

In science:

From our MAID re-fit we extract the results given in the first row in table 4.
Measurement of the LT-asymmetry in \pi^0 electroproduction at the energy of the \Delta (1232) resonance
The Poisson probability is equal W = e-N N4 / 4! = 2·10-4. The same calculation could be maid for 5 coincident events. In this case N = 0.2 and probability W = 10-5. Both values are small enough what gives definite evidence for real stellar CGB identification.
Stellar Sources of Gamma-Bursts
We have fitted low- and medium-energy benchmark datasets employing methods used in the MAID/SAID and dynamical model analyses.
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
As an example we will consider the two different models: DMT and MAID.
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction
From Eqs. (2) and (3), one finds that the difference between the background terms of MAID and of the DMT model is that pion off-shell rescattering contributions (principal value integral) are not included in the background of MAID.
Multipole Analysis of a Benchmark Data Set for Pion Photoproduction