- maiden [mād′'n]n.[ME < OE mægden, dim. < base of mægeth, maid, virgin, akin to Goth magaths, OHG magad < IE base * maghu-, youngster, unmarried > OIr macc, son, MAC-]1. Now Rarea) a girl or young unmarried womanb) a virgin2. a race horse that has never won a race3. [M-] a device like the guillotine, formerly used in Scotland for beheading criminals4. Cricket an over in which no runs are scored: in full, maiden overadj.1. of, characteristic of, or suitable for a maiden2.a) unmarriedb) virgin: now used only of older women3. inexperienced; untried; unused; new; fresh4. first or earliest [a maiden speech, a maiden voyage]5.a) never having won a race [a maiden horse]b) for such horses [a maiden race]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.