[ meyd ]
/ meɪd /


a female servant.
a girl or young unmarried woman.
Archaic. a virgin.

Origin of maid

1150–1200; Middle English; apocopated variant of maiden
Related formsmaid·ish, adjectivemaid·ish·ness, nounsub·maid, nounun·der·maid, noun
Can be confusedmade maid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maid


/ (meɪd) /


archaic, or literary a young unmarried girl; maiden
  1. a female servant
  2. (in combination)a housemaid
a spinster
Derived Formsmaidish, adjectivemaidishness, noun

Word Origin for maid

C12: shortened form of maiden
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Word Origin and History for maid



late 12c., "a virgin, a young unmarried woman," shortening of maiden (n.). Like that word, used in Middle English of unmarried men as well as women (cf. maiden-man, c.1200, used of both sexes, reflecting also the generic use of man). Domestic help sense is from c.1300. In reference to Joan of Arc, attested from 1540s (cf. French la Pucelle). Maid Marian, one of Robin Hood's companions, first recorded 1520s, perhaps from French, where Robin et Marian have been stock names for country lovers since 13c. Maid of Honor (1580s) originally was "unmarried lady of noble birth who attends a queen or princess;" meaning "principal bridesmaid" is attested from 1895. Maydelond (translating Latin terra feminarum) was "the land of the Amazons."

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