Definition of maidenhood in English:



  • 1The fact or condition of being a young, unmarried woman.

    • ‘The celtic crone, having slept through the dead winter, awakens restored to maidenhood.’
    • ‘His wife, who in her maidenhood was Ms. Grace, was a native of Ireland, and in her girlhood days came to the United States with her parents.’
    • ‘Educated at home, she has probably travelled some in her maidenhood, living in the confines of family and friends, and yet she has managed to develop her own kind of independence.’
    • ‘It was not only her maidenhood that she parted with it was also any remaining hope at the reconciliation with her family.’
    • ‘The queen was beyond the blush of maidenhood, but dressed in maidenly green like the first hesitant uncurling feathery buds of April.’
    • ‘This range of ages and types exemplifies the three stages of many women's lives: maidenhood, marriage, and widowhood.’
    • ‘As a married woman, Mrs. Darcy retained the brightness and the unshakable ability to be at ease in every situation of her maidenhood.’
    • ‘I have waited long enough; I have got tired of maidenhood.’
    • ‘Are there not charms by which the property of youth and maidenhood may be abused?’
    • ‘As she grew into maidenhood her father was troubled because she remained unwedded: all his hopes for descendants were in this girl, his only child.’
    • ‘Three of the plays deal with young women about to be married but who still enjoy the relative freedom of maidenhood.’
    • ‘She took up music again, and languages, drawing, painting, and the other long-discarded delights of her maidenhood.’
    chastity, chasteness, virtue, honour, purity, pureness
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    1. 1.1A girl's virginity.
      ‘she had forsworn that her maidenhood would be kept sacred’
      • ‘As Darcy entered the room, he could well understand why Wickham had posed no threat to Miss Bennet's maidenhood.’
      • ‘Christine also rewrote the stories themselves, challenging the interpretations of contemporary male authors, who held up Lucretia's suicide, for example, as a virtuous defense of honor and maidenhood.’
      • ‘In the Ovidian version Protea is enabled to change shape by Neptune to whom she appeals as "You who robbed me of my maidenhood, and have your reward."’
      • ‘Most brides wear white to symbolize maidenhood.’
      • ‘He wanted me to be kept so I could be married to a prince or king with my maidenhood intact.’
      • ‘In one novel the deserted maiden loses a lock of hair, in the other her maidenhood.’
      • ‘While most brides today marry in white (which symbolizes maidenhood), the tradition is only as old as the 16th century.’
      • ‘So, you know, I think it's a disservice to talk about the voyeuristic qualities or this business about her maidenhood and that kind of stuff.’