From Middle English maydenhode, meidenhod, maȝdenhad, from Old English mæġdenhād (maidenhood), equivalent to maiden +‎ -hood.



maidenhood (countable and uncountable, plural maidenhoods)

  1. (uncountable) The condition of being a maiden; the time when one is a maiden or young girl.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter iij, in Le Morte Darthur, book XI:
      Thenne she said my lord sir launcelot I biseche yow see me as soone as ye may / for I haue obeyed me vnto the prophecy that my fader teld me / And by his commaūdement to fulfille this prophecy I haue gyuen the grettest rychesse and the fayrest floure that euer I had / and that is my maydenhode that I shalle neuer haue ageyne / and therfore gentyl knyȝt owe me youre good wille
  2. A woman's virginity or maidenhead.
  3. Freshness; newness.


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