2. The state of being unused or uncontaminated; freshness; purity. [Obs.]
The maidenhead of their credit.Sir H. Wotton.
3. The hymen, or virginal membrane.
(Maid"en*hood) n. [AS. mægdenhad. See Maid, and -hood.]
1. The state of being a maid or a virgin; virginity. Shak.
2. Newness; freshness; uncontaminated state.
Of thy fight.
(Maid"en*like`) a. Like a maiden; modest; coy.
(Maid"en*li*ness) n. The quality of being maidenly; the behavior that becomes a maid; modesty; gentleness.
(Maid"en*ly), a. Like a maid; suiting a maid; maiden-like; gentle, modest, reserved.
Must you be blushing ? . . .Shak.
What a maidenly man-at-arms are you become !
(Maid"en*ly), adv. In a maidenlike manner. "Maidenly demure." Skelton.
(Maid"en*ship), n. Maidenhood. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Maid"hood) n. [AS. mægðhad. See Maid, and -hood.] Maidenhood. Shak.
(Maid`ma"ri*an) n. [Maid + Marian, relating to Mary, or the Virgin Mary.]
1. The lady of the May games; one of the characters in a morris dance; a May queen. Afterward, a grotesque
character personated in sports and buffoonery by a man in woman's clothes.
2. A kind of dance. Sir W. Temple.
(Maid"pale`) a. Pale, like a sick girl. Shak.
(Maid"serv`ant) n. A female servant.
(Maid's" hair`) (Bot.) The yellow bedstraw
(Ma*ieu"tic*al) a. [Gr. maieytiko`s, fr. mai^a midwife.]
1. Serving to assist childbirth. Cudworth.
2. Fig. : Aiding, or tending to, the definition and interpretation of thoughts or language. Payne.
(Ma*ieu"tics) n. The art of giving birth (i. e., clearness and conviction) to ideas, which are
conceived as struggling for birth. Payne.
(Mai"ger) n. (Zoöl.) The meagre.
Maigre food (R. C. Ch.), food allowed to be eaten on fast days.
(Mai"gre) a. [F. See Meager.] Belonging to a fast day or fast; as, a maigre day. Walpole.
(Mai"hem) n. See Maim, and Mayhem.