Definition of iron maiden in English:

iron maiden


  • (in historical contexts) an instrument of torture consisting of a coffin-shaped box lined with iron spikes.

    • ‘She enticed local girls to her castle, where she hung them in metal cages and stuffed them into iron maidens.’
    • ‘I always thought torture was bamboo shoots under the fingernails and iron maidens and such.’
    • ‘They had an iron maiden, a rack, and men and woman's chastity belts.’