[meyd-n-hoo d]


the state or time of being a maiden or virgin.

Origin of maidenhood

before 900; Middle English; Old English mægdenhād. See maiden, -hood
Also called maidhood. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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the time during which a woman is a maiden or a virgin
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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