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[meyd-n-hoo d]
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  1. the state or time of being a maiden or virgin.
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Origin of maidenhood

before 900; Middle English; Old English mægdenhād. See maiden, -hood
Also called maidhood.
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Historical Examples

  • How the bright years have flown Since I was a child scarce to maidenhood grown!

    Grandma's Memories

    Mary D. Brine

  • Here she grew into maidenhood, and each day became more fair.

  • Not is that maidenhood all thine own, but partly thy parents!

  • The loveliest flower of maidenhood in his parish had been cut down.

  • He stopped on the threshold, awed by the wonder of her maidenhood.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett

British Dictionary definitions for maidenhood


  1. the time during which a woman is a maiden or a virgin
  2. the condition of being a maiden or virgin
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Word Origin and History for maidenhood


Old English mægdenhad "maidenhood;" see maiden (n.) + -hood.

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