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maidenhood Syllabification: maid·en·hood
Pronunciation: /ˈmādnˌho͝od/

Definition of maidenhood in English:


1The fact or condition of being a young, unmarried woman.
Example sentences
  • Are there not charms by which the property of youth and maidenhood may be abused?
  • Three of the plays deal with young women about to be married but who still enjoy the relative freedom of maidenhood.
  • I have waited long enough; I have got tired of maidenhood.
1.1A girl’s virginity: she had forsworn that her maidenhood would be kept sacred
More example sentences
  • 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.
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