maiden aunt
maiden aunt maiden aunt n. Literally, an aunt who has never been married. Figuratively, it is a term used as the prototype of a person who is broadly naive and not wise in worldly ways; as, he knows as much about programming as my maiden aunt. [PJC]

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  • maiden aunt — maiden aunts N COUNT A maiden aunt is an aunt who is not married. [OLD FASHIONED] …   English dictionary

  • maiden aunt — n old fashioned an ↑aunt who has never married …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • maiden aunt — noun count OLD FASHIONED an AUNT who is not married and is no longer young …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • maiden aunt — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms maiden aunt : singular maiden aunt plural maiden aunts old fashioned an aunt who is not married and is no longer young …   English dictionary

  • maiden aunt — noun an unmarried aunt • Hypernyms: ↑aunt, ↑auntie, ↑aunty …   Useful english dictionary

  • maiden aunt — noun (C) an aunt who has never married …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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 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.… …   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

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