• WordNet 3.6
    • adj maiden serving to set in motion "the magazine's inaugural issue","the initiative phase in the negotiations","an initiatory step toward a treaty","his first (or maiden) speech in Congress","the liner's maiden voyage"
    • n maiden an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
    • n maiden (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The elf-maiden is left behind with the young man The elf-maiden is left behind with the young man
Grethari speaks to the maiden Grethari speaks to the maiden
Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels Ameer Ali follows the maiden's instructions to win more jewels
The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden
The sea-maiden with a wicked face The sea-maiden with a wicked face
Drawing of a Yosemite Maiden Drawing of a Yosemite Maiden

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was the law in Scotland in 1288 that for each year known as "lepe yeare" any maiden lady could ask the man she liked to be her husband. If he refused and didn't have a good excuse he would be "mulcted of ye sum of one pound or less" (essentially, he would owe her a dollar). France enacted a similar law a year later.
    • Maiden A female servant. "Spinning amongst her maids ."
    • Maiden A machine for washing linen.
    • Maiden An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
    • Maiden An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid. "She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens .""A maiden of our century, yet most meek."
    • Maiden Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused. "Maiden flowers.""Full bravely hast thou fleshed
      Thy maiden sword."
    • Maiden Never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt. "A surprising old maiden lady."
    • Maiden Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. "Amid the maiden throng.""Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ?"
    • v. t Maiden To act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object. "For had I maiden'd it, as many use.
      Loath for to grant, but loather to refuse."
    • Maiden Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Moon was Buzz Aldrins mothers maiden name. (Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon).
    • n maiden A maid, in any sense of that word. See maid.
    • n maiden An animal or a thing that is young, new, inexperienced, untried, or untaken. Specifically
    • n maiden The last handful of corn cut down by the reapers on a farm. It is dressed up with ribbons.
    • n maiden A wisp of straw put into a hoop of iron, used by a blacksmith in watering his fire.
    • n maiden An instrument of capital punishment formerly used. It consisted of a loaded blade or ax which moved in grooves in a frame about ten feet high. The ax was raised to the top of the frame and then let fall, severing the victim's head from his body.
    • n maiden A mallet for beating linen, used in washing.
    • maiden Being a maid; belonging to the class of maids or virgins.
    • maiden Of or pertaining to a maid or to maids: as, maiden charms.
    • maiden Like a maid in any respect; virginal; chaste.
    • maiden Young; fresh; new; hitherto untried or unused; unsullied; unstained.
    • maiden To act or speak in a maidenly manner; behave modestly or demurely.
    • n maiden A frame on which clothes are dried.
    • n maiden plural See mingles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, commissioned by the United States Navy in 1954, made her maiden voyage on Jan. 17, 1955.
    • n Maiden mād′n a maid: in Scotland, a machine like the guillotine, formerly used for beheading criminals
    • adj Maiden pertaining to a virgin or young woman: consisting of maidens:
    • adj Maiden (fig.) unpolluted: fresh: new: unused: first: that has never been captured, said of a fortress
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  • Chuck Jones
    Chuck Jones
    “Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden better than her own reserve.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Then there was a maiden speech, so inaudible, that it was doubted whether, after all, the young orator really did lose his virginity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. maiden, meiden, AS. mægden, dim. of AS. mægð, fr. mago, son, servant; akin to G. magd, mädchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. mögr, son, Goth. magus, boy, child, magaps, virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu, youth. Cf. Maid a virgin


In literature:

The realm of the Moor Maiden is the paradise of these tenderest of winged beauties.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 350, December 1844" by Various
Don Quixote was eager to learn something of the maiden for whose sake Ambrosio's friend had died.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Thrym was much overjoyed when he heard that a chariot containing the two maidens was approaching his door.
"Told by the Northmen:" by E. M. [Ethel Mary] Wilmot-Buxton
And many an Othman dame, in tears, Shall rue the Grecian maiden's vow.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
It is for this reason she is called the Weaving Maiden.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
All the maidens of her court were with her.
"Nature Myths and Stories for Little Children" by Flora J. Cooke
The second sister, Lenore, was of a different type, and might have been mistaken for a mortal maiden.
"Fairy Tales from the German Forests" by Margaret Arndt
No more must he mingle in the dance, no more must he press a maiden's lips with his.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
But there was little peace in the hearts of the two maidens who wended their way sadly and silently toward the Owen home in Chestnut Street.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
There is no maiden among the fair daughters of the Mohawk, so lovely in the eyes of Wauchee.
"The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852" by Various

In poetry:

The women sorrow sore.
The maidens far, far more.
The living are no virgins more;
Thus Tilly's troops make war!
"The Destruction Of Magdeburg" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
And so, Sweet maiden; if I send
No valentine, you see
The reason here; Love could not waste
His precious time on me!
"To Kate. (In Lieu Of A Valentine)" by Ellis Parker Butler
Is it to watch the setting sun
She does that seat prefer ?--
Alas ! the maiden thinks of one
Who never thinks of her.
"A Town" by Jane Taylor
Then up spake the little maiden,
Treading on snow and pink
"O father! these pretty blossoms
Are very wicked, I think.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then uprose maiden Else,
O’er her cheek the salt tears ran,
Nor spared she into her very bower
To welcome that dead man.
"Knight Aagen And The Maiden Else" by William Morris
If it should be in pensive hour
Some sorrow-moving theme I try,
Ah, maiden, how thy tears will fall,
For all I doom to die!
"To A Blank Sheet Of Paper" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Azia Nicholson (22:00) notched her fifth goal of the season but a pair of tallies by both Erin Simmons (27:01 & 73:20) and Chelsey Maiden (20:09 & 53:06) allowed Marshall to derail UTEP, 4-1, Sunday afternoon.
A 21-year-old Venetia woman was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Saturday in the 200 block of East Maiden Street, Washington.
"What's not to love about Iron Maiden".
The Maidens fell to the Lady Eagles 62-32.
Its sinking, on its maiden voyage, was big news.
Aggressive innings followed from Taylor, who notched his seventh test ton, and wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk, who brought up a maiden half century.
Neil Maiden, Bianca Hollis, "Extending Agile Processes with Creativity Techniques," IEEE Software, vol 99, no.
Neil Maiden, City University, London.
Smith takes over for Frank Snider, who left in the spring to become head football coach at Maiden High School, after three seasons with Nation Ford.
Memories of my maiden group ride are still vivid.
Eric Bowman , Iron Maiden, oil, 16 x 20.
In 1932, the Route 662 bridge crossing Maiden Creek was built to last 50 years.
The Waynesboro Maidens basketball team is in the early stages of a learning curve.
This maiden voyage for the Ohio State men's basketball team was to have happened a week earlier, aboard an aircraft carrier in South Carolina, before dew made the season opener a don't.
Voter finds maiden name in poll book.

In science:

However, this should be considered as a maiden effort with considerable room for improvement.
A revised calibration of the Mv-W(OI 7774) relationship using Hipparcos data: Its application to Cepheids and evolved stars
Nevertheless, by choosing an ultrafilter, a difference (X )D \dX X may be maiden arbitrary large.
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
Its dimension dim (X )D = κτ may be maiden arbitrary large by choosing of D..
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
Since the maiden engineering flights from Palesti ne, TX, in the Summer of 1997, LXeGRIT has been improved and has successfully flown again twice from Ft.
The LXeGRIT Compton Telescope Prototype: Current Status and Future Prospects
This maiden flight should last two weeks, the AMS detector will sit in the shuttle’s cargo bay, which can be opened up as a particularly posh convertible.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe