Maiden Maid"en (m[=a]d"'n), n. [OE. maiden, meiden, AS. m[ae]gden, dim. of AS. m[ae]g[eth], fr. mago son, servant; akin to G. magd, m["a]dchen, maid, OHG. magad, Icel. m["o]gr son, Goth. magus boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. to Zend. magu youth. Cf. {Maid} a virgin.] 1. An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid. [1913 Webster]

She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens. --Carew. [1913 Webster]

A maiden of our century, yet most meek. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. A female servant. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

3. An instrument resembling the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

4. A machine for washing linen. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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