One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Virginity.‘she had lost her maidenhead some two years earlier’
virginity, honour, maidenhood, chastity, chasteness, purity, pureness, lack of sin, sinlessness, spotlessness, wholesomeness, innocence, decency, virtuousness, respectability, dignity, modestyView synonyms
- ‘The Water Spirit and the witch Jeibaba act as parental figures, trying to preserve their daughter's maidenhead.’
- ‘The actual caption is, ‘Protect What's Yours’ - which could either mean ‘your woman’ or, in the unlikely event the reader is a female, ‘your maidenhead.’’
- ‘The circumstances of a middle-class revolution thus thrust upon the women of that same class the duty of carrying, in the form of their maidenhead, the burden of the argument of moral equality.’
- ‘He took my maidenhead from me, and told me that I was getting the first of him as well.’
- ‘She elopes with her 19-year-old ‘Adonis’, Charles, to a convenient public house in Chelsea, where she finally surrenders her maidenhead.’
- 1.1count noun The hymen.
- ‘The nurse finally arrived and immediately began examining the girl's lip and maidenhead as Rhian looked on.’
- ‘Paintings symbolized Mary's hymen as an unbroken pane of glass, and poems like Pope's The Rape of the Lock figured the maiden's maidenhead as fine, breakable porcelain.’
A town in Berkshire, southern England to the west of London on the River Thames; population 53,900 (est. 2009).
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