[meyd-n] /ˈmeɪd n/
a girl or young unmarried woman; maid.
a horse that has never won a race.
a race open only to maiden horses.
an instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals.
of, relating to, or befitting a girl or unmarried woman.
(of a woman) unmarried:
my maiden aunt.
made, tried, appearing, etc., for the first time:
a maiden flight.
(of a horse) never having won a race or a prize.
(of a prize or a race) offered for or open only to maiden horses.
untried, as a knight, soldier, or weapon.
(archaic or literary)
(cricket) See maiden over
(Northern English, dialect) Also called clothes maiden. a frame on which clothes are hung to dry; clothes horse
(modifier) of or relating to an older unmarried woman: a maiden aunt
(modifier) of or involving an initial experience or attempt: a maiden voyage, maiden speech
(modifier) (of a person or thing) untried; unused
(modifier) (of a place) never trodden, penetrated, or captured
Old English mægden, mæden “maiden, virgin, girl; maid, servant,” diminutive of mægð, mægeð “virgin, girl; woman, wife,” from Proto-Germanic *magadinom “young womanhood, sexually inexperienced female” (cf. Old Saxon magath, Old Frisian maged, Old High German magad “virgin, maid,” German Magd “maid, maidservant,” German Mädchen “girl, maid,” from Mägdchen “little maid”), fem. variant of PIE root *maghu- “youngster of either sex, unmarried person” (cf. Old English magu “child, son, male descendant,” Avestan magava- “unmarried,” Old Irish maug “slave”).
“virgin, unmarried,” c.1300, from maiden (n.). The figurative sense of “new fresh, first” (cf. maiden voyage) is first recorded 1550s. Maiden name is from 1680s.
A racehorse, regardless of sex, that has never won a race; bug (1880+ Horse racing)
noun 1. an ancient fortification in Dorsetshire, England, first erected c250 b.c. over the remains of Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements of c2000–c1500 b.c.
[meyd-n-hair] /ˈmeɪd nˌhɛər/ noun 1. any fern of the genus Adiantum, the cultivated species of which have fine, glossy stalks and delicate, finely divided fronds.
- Maidenhair fern
/ˈmeɪdənˌhɛə/ noun 1. any fern of the cosmopolitan genus Adiantum, esp A. capillis-veneris, having delicate fan-shaped fronds with small pale-green leaflets: family Adiantaceae
noun 1. an evergreen fern, Asplenium trichomanes, abundant in woody areas of the North Temperate Zone, having thickly clustered fronds.