1. An unmarried woman; a girl or woman who has not experienced sexual intercourse; a virgin; a maid. She employed the residue of her life to repairing of highways, building of bridges, and endowing of maidens. (Carew) A maiden of our century, yet most meek. (Tennyson)
2. A female servant.
Origin: oe. Maiden, meiden, as. Maegden, dim. Of as. Maeg, fr. Mago son, servant; akin to g. Magd, madchen, maid, OHG. Magad, Icel. Mogr son, goth. Magus boy, child, magaps virgin, and perh. To Zend. Magu youth. Cf. Maid a virgin.
4. Used of a fortress, signifying that it has never been captured, or violated. Maiden assize, 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, especially. By a new member in a public body. Maiden tower, the tower most capable of resisting an enemy.
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Very interesting theory (rubbing our chins in thought over centuries wore the hair away and then maidens found it attractive that some men were that thoughtful). I suppose that would also explain how, addition of course to not having whiskers grow beneath the left or right ...
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... every girl who has never slept with a man." (Numbers 31:17-18) "The Lord commands: "... slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women" (Ezechial 9:4-6) "When the Lord delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the males .... As for ...
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