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  1. the hymen.
  2. maidenhood; virginity.
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Origin of maidenhead

First recorded in 1200–50, maidenhead is from the Middle English word maidenhed. See maiden, -head
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Examples from the Web for maidenhead

Historical Examples

  • All the better for you, for you can sell your maidenhead after having had two lovers.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I make it eleven because if it's fine we might run down and have the day at Maidenhead.

  • How he betrayed his friends at Maidenhead Bridge is recounted in the text.

  • I wrote to the man I know at Maidenhead to have a boat ready—a good one.

  • Maidenhead bridges, rail and road, span the river above Bray.

    The Thames

    G. E. Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for maidenhead


  1. a nontechnical word for the hymen
  2. virginity; maidenhood
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Word Origin

C13: from maiden + -hed, variant of -hood


  1. a town in S England, in Windsor and Maidenhead unitary authority, Berkshire, on the River Thames. Pop: 58 848 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for maidenhead


c.1200, from maiden (n.) + -head (see godhead). Cf. also maidehede (c.1200) "celibacy, virginity" (of men or women).

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maidenhead in Medicine


  1. The condition or quality of being a maiden; virginity.
  2. The hymen.
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