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1[mass noun] Virginity:‘she had lost her maidenhead some two years earlier’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘She elopes with her 19-year-old ‘Adonis’, Charles, to a convenient public house in Chelsea, where she finally surrenders her maidenhead.’
- ‘He took my maidenhead from me, and told me that I was getting the first of him as well.’
- 1.1[count noun] The hymen.
- ‘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.’
- ‘The nurse finally arrived and immediately began examining the girl's lip and maidenhead as Rhian looked on.’
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