maidenhood

[ meyd-n-hoo d ]
/ ˈmeɪd nˌhʊd /

noun

the state or time of being a maiden or virgin.

Nearby words

  1. maidenhair spleenwort,
  2. maidenhair tree,
  3. maidenhair-tree,
  4. maidenhair-vine,
  5. maidenhead,
  6. maidenly,
  7. maidhood,
  8. maidservant,
  9. maidstone,
  10. maidu

Origin of maidenhood

before 900; Middle English; Old English mægdenhād. See maiden, -hood

Also called maidhood.

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British Dictionary definitions for maidenhood

maidenhood

/ (ˈmeɪdənˌhʊd) /

noun

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

maidenhood

n.

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

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