Maiden assize
Maiden Maid"en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. ``Amid the maiden throng.'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. 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.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

3. Fresh; innocent; unpolluted; pure; hitherto unused. ``Maiden flowers.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Full bravely hast thou fleshed Thy maiden sword. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated. -- T. Warton. Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Maiden assize} (Eng. Law), an assize which there is no criminal prosecution; an assize which is unpolluted with blood. It was usual, at such an assize, for the sheriff to present the judge with a pair of white gloves. --Smart.

{Maiden name}, the surname of a woman before her marriage.

{Maiden pink}. (Bot.) See under {Pink}.

{Maiden plum} (Bot.), a West Indian tree ({Comocladia integrifolia}) with purplish drupes. The sap of the tree is glutinous, and gives a persistent black stain.

{Maiden speech}, the first speech made by a person, esp. by a new member in a public body.

{Maiden tower}, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.

{maiden voyage} the first regular service voyage of a ship. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • maiden assize — noun (legal hist) An assize at which no criminal cases were heard • • • Main Entry: ↑maiden …   Useful english dictionary

  • maiden assize — assize with no criminal prosecution …   English contemporary dictionary

  • maiden assize — /rneydan asayz/ In English law, originally an assize at which no person was condemned to die; later a session of a criminal court at which there were no prisoners to be tried …   Black's law dictionary

  • maiden assize — /rneydan asayz/ In English law, originally an assize at which no person was condemned to die; later a session of a criminal court at which there were no prisoners to be tried …   Black's law dictionary

  • maiden assize — An assize which did not convict any person of a capital offense …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Maiden — Maid en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. Amid the maiden throng. Addison. [1913 Webster] Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Never… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maiden name — Maiden Maid en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. Amid the maiden throng. Addison. [1913 Webster] Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maiden pink — Maiden Maid en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. Amid the maiden throng. Addison. [1913 Webster] Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maiden plum — Maiden Maid en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. Amid the maiden throng. Addison. [1913 Webster] Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Maiden speech — Maiden Maid en, a. 1. Of or pertaining to a maiden, or to maidens; suitable to, or characteristic of, a virgin; as, maiden innocence. Amid the maiden throng. Addison. [1913 Webster] Have you no modesty, no maiden shame ? Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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