Definition of maiden noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪdn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪdn//
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  1. 1(literary) a young girl or woman who is not married stories of knights and fair maidens
  2. 2(also maiden over) (in cricket) an over in which no points are scored See related entries: Cricket
  3. Word OriginOld English mægden, from a Germanic diminutive meaning ‘maid, virgin’; related to German Mädchen, diminutive of Magd ‘maid’, from an Indo-European root shared by Old Irish mug ‘boy, servant’.
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