What does maiden mean?

Definitions for maiden
ˈmeɪd nmaid·en

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word maiden.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. maid, maidennoun

    an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)

  2. maiden over, maidenadjective

    (cricket) an over in which no runs are scored

  3. inaugural, initiative, initiatory, first, maidenadjective

    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"


  1. maidennoun

    A girl or an unmarried young woman.

  2. maidennoun

    A female virgin.

    She's unmarried and still a maiden.

  3. maidennoun

    A man with no experience of sex, especially because of deliberate abstention.

  4. maidennoun

    A maidservant.

  5. maidennoun

    An unmarried woman, especially an older woman.

  6. maidennoun

    A race horse without any victory ('virgin record').

  7. maidennoun

    A Scottish counterpart of the guillotine.

  8. maidennoun

    A maiden over.

  9. maidenadjective


  10. maidenadjective

    (about a female, human or animal) without offspring

  11. maidenadjective

    like/ fitting a (young, unmarried) maiden

  12. maidenadjective

    describing a first occurrence or event

    The Titanic sank on its maiden voyage.

  13. maidenadjective

    describing an over in which no runs are scored

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maidenadjective

    Nor was there one of all the nymphs that rov’d
    O’er Mænalus, amid the maiden throng
    More favour’d once. Joseph Addison, Ovid’s Metamorph.

    He fleshed his maiden sword. William Shakespeare.

    When I am dead, strew me o’er
    With maiden flowers, that all the world may know
    I was a chaste wife to my grave. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    By this maiden blossom in my hand
    I scorn thee and thy fashion. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

  2. MAID, MAIDENnoun

    Etymology: mæden, mægden , Saxon, maegd, Dutch.

    Your wives, your daughters,
    Your matrons, and your maids, could not fill up
    The cistern of my lust. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This is a man old, wrinkl’d, faded, wither’d,
    And not a maiden, as thou say’st he is. William Shakespeare.

    I am not solely led
    By nice direction of a maiden ’s eyes. William Shakespeare.

    She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens. Carew.

    Your deluded wife had been a maid;
    Down on the bridal bed a maid she lay,
    A maid she rose at the approaching day. John Dryden, Juv.

    Let me die, she said,
    Rather than lose the spotless name of maid. Dryden.

    My maid Nerissa and myself, mean time,
    Will live as maids and widows. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    Old Tancred visited his daughter’s bow’r;
    Her cheek, for such his custom was, he kiss’d,
    Then bless’d her kneeling, and her maids dismiss’d. Dryd.

    Her closet and the gods share all her time,
    Except when, only by some maids attended,
    She seeks some shady solitary grove. Nicholas Rowe.

    A thousand maidens ply the purple loom,
    To weave the bed, and deck the regal room. Matthew Prior.

    If she bear a maid child. Lev. xii. 5.


  1. maiden

    Virginity is the state of a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse. The term virgin originally only referred to sexually inexperienced women, but has evolved to encompass a range of definitions, as found in traditional, modern and ethical concepts. Heterosexual individuals may or may not consider loss of virginity to occur only through penile-vaginal penetration, while people of other sexual orientations often include oral sex, anal sex, or mutual masturbation in their definitions of losing one's virginity.There are cultural and religious traditions that place special value and significance on this state, predominantly towards unmarried females, associated with notions of personal purity, honor, and worth. Like chastity, the concept of virginity has traditionally involved sexual abstinence. The concept of virginity usually involves moral or religious issues and can have consequences in terms of social status and in interpersonal relationships. Although virginity has social implications and had significant legal implications in some societies in the past, it has no legal consequences in most societies today. The social implications of virginity still remain in many societies and can have varying effects on an individual's social agency.


  1. maiden

    A maiden is traditionally defined as a young, unmarried woman. The term is often used in historical or literary contexts. It can also refer to someone or something experiencing or undergoing something for the first time, such as a 'maiden voyage' or 'maiden speech'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maidennoun

    an unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid

  2. Maidennoun

    a female servant

  3. Maidennoun

    an instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals

  4. Maidennoun

    a machine for washing linen

  5. Maidenadjective

    of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence

  6. Maidenadjective

    never having been married; not having had sexual intercourse; virgin; -- said usually of the woman, but sometimes of the man; as, a maiden aunt

  7. Maidenadjective

    fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused

  8. Maidenadjective

    used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated

  9. Maidenverb

    to act coyly like a maiden; -- with it as an indefinite object

  10. Etymology: [OE. maiden, meiden, AS. maegden, dim. of AS. maeg, fr. mago son, servant; akin to G. magd, mdchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. mgr son, Goth. magus boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu youth. Cf. Maid a virgin.]


  1. Maiden

    Maiden is a town in Catawba and Lincoln counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Maiden is known as "The Biggest Little Football Town in the World". The population was 3,327 at the 2010 census. Maiden is also known for being home to Apple's "Cloud" Data Center, covering 500,000 square feet, that stores information that can be sent/received through iCloud. In May 2012, Apple announced it would generate 60 percent of the Maiden facility’s power itself, through a large deployment of fuel cells at the site and a 100-acre solar farm, with an additional 150-acre site, two miles away. The Catawba County portion of Maiden is part of the Hickory–Lenoir–Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Lincoln County portion is part of the Lincolnton Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Maiden

    mād′n, n. a maid: in Scotland, a machine like the guillotine, formerly used for beheading criminals.—adj. pertaining to a virgin or young woman: consisting of maidens: (fig.) unpolluted: fresh: new: unused: first: that has never been captured, said of a fortress.—ns. Maid′enhair, a name given to a fern from the fine hair-like stalks of its fronds; Maid′enhood, Maid′enhead, the state of being a maid: virginity: purity: freshness; Maid′enliness.—adjs. Maid′enly, maiden-like: becoming a maiden: gentle: modest; Maid′en-meek (Tenn.), meek as a maiden; Maid′en-tongued, gentle in voice like a girl; Maid′en-wid′owed, widowed while still a virgin.—n. Maid′hood (Shak.).—Maiden assize, an assize at which there are no criminal cases; Maiden battle, a first contest; Maiden fortress, a fortress that has never been captured; Maiden name, the family name of a married woman before her marriage; Maiden over, in cricket, an over in which no runs are made; Maiden speech, the first public speech made by a person, esp. in Parliament; Maiden stakes, in horse-racing, the money contended for in a race between horses that have never run before.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. maiden

    A fortress which has never been taken.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. maiden

    An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals. Also, a fortress which has never been taken.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Maiden

    An ancient instrument of capital punishment made in the form of a woman, the front of which opened like a door, and, the victim being imprisoned, sharp steel spikes pierced his body on every side. This name was also given to an early species of guillotine in Scotland. To be executed by its means was to “Kiss the Maiden,” because she clasped him in a death embrace.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Maiden is ranked #8456 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Maiden surname appeared 3,905 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Maiden.

    61.6% or 2,407 total occurrences were White.
    32.7% or 1,280 total occurrences were Black.
    2.6% or 105 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 76 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 17 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for maiden »

  1. aidmen

  2. Damien

  3. demain

  4. Manide

  5. median

  6. Median

  7. medina

  8. Medina

  9. meidan

  10. daimen

  11. damine

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maiden in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maiden in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of maiden in a Sentence

  1. Tom Carter:

    Maiden China

  2. Tracy Edwards:

    Maiden was either met with antipathy or aggression -- not really much in between, as we got more successful it got worse -- they did not like that at all.

  3. Dominic Thiem:

    I'm happy I can compete with these guys on the best level, i really hope also that I win my maiden slam when they're still around because it just counts more, yeah.

  4. Jack White:

    No matter how much I tried to make a sequence out of the songs, it just seemed like you were taking a Miles Davis record and putting it in the middle of an Iron Maiden record, it had an' Oh, that's interestingly jarring thing' to it, but it wasn't breathing or flowing.

  5. Lili Dehn:

    Cameo like profile . . . a lovely rose maiden and as pure as flower

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