See also: Maidenhead
- maydenhead (obsolete)
- (uncountable) Virginity.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 1760, 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.
- c. 1595, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet:
- Ay, the heads of the maids, or their maidenheads; take it in what sense thou wilt.
- (anatomy) The hymen.
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