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Definition of "maiden" []

  • An unmarried girl or woman. (noun)
  • A virgin. (noun)
  • A machine resembling the guillotine, used in Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries to behead criminals. (noun)
  • Sports A racehorse that has never won a race. (noun)
  • Sports A maiden over. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "maiden" in a sentence
  • "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."