See also: Maidenhead


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From maiden +‎ -head


maidenhead (countable and uncountable, plural maidenheads)

  1. (uncountable) Virginity.
    • c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act I scene i[1]:
      Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
    • 1760, John Dryden, The Miscellaneous Works: Containing All His Original Poems, Tales, and Translations, page 367:
      Gallants, a bashful poet bids me say,
      He's come to lose his maidenhead to-day.
      Be not too fierce; for he's but green of age,
      And ne'er, till now, debauch'd upon the stage.
    • 1977, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Penguin Classics, p. 363:
      My lord, [] / I brought you nothing else it may be said / But faith and nakedness and maidenhead.
    • 2004, Yu Jin Ko, Mutability and Division on Shakespeare's Stage, page 70:
      The gender reversals that pervade this play continue mischievously in the man's maidenhead being the undisclosed secret.
    • 2009, The Milieu and Context of the Wooing Group, page 141:
      The penis imagery becomes apparent: the nails are 'blunt' and 'large', designed to push through the fair skin in body parts (feet, hands) that had earlier been described in erotically-charged language. As if losing his maidenhead, Christ's body 'bursts' when entered, bringing forth a gush of blood that mars his white (womanly) skin.
    • 2015, Colin Wilson, A Casebook of Murder:
      Almost immediately afterwards, Scanlan discovered that the marriage was legal; Ellie was his wife. He began to feel that he had paid an exceptionally high price for his maidenhead.
  2. (anatomy) The hymen.


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