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maiden

1. a female, e.g. ewe, gilt, heifer, bitch, mare, of breeding age but not yet mated.
2. a racehorse that has not yet won a race on a recognized track.
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However, the other day, while trying to flip the remote to an exercise program on PBS, I happened across one of those shows, the theme of which (as nearly as I could tell) had to do with how these female guests had forfeited their maidenhoods.
It is doubtful that hair covering marked a transition from maidenhood to a married state.
Finkelpearl, Court and Country Politics in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990), 6-7; Peggy Munoz Simonds, Myth, Emblem, and Music in Shakespeare's Cymbeline: An Iconographic Reconstruction (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1992), 29-65; Kathleen McLuskie, '"A Maidenhood, Amintor, at my Years': Chastity and Tragicomedy in the Fletcher Plays," in The Politics of Tragicomedy: Shakespeare and After, ed.
He suggests that the poem can be more fruitfully read asa celebratory piece of Protis's transition from maidenhood to marriage and motherhood.
It's because the maid part comes from maidenhood, which refers to her virginity.
The last but one verse, in turn, dwells upon Mary's never-ending maidenhood and the paradox that she is both maiden and mother.
Sensitive to bringing reliance and balance to her narrative, Pinon also intrudes upon the thoughts of the Caliph: his rash judgments, his moody ruminations and doubts about his sexual vigor (which age has dwindled), and, foremost, his obtuse rage, constantly nursed afresh by assailing memories of his ex-wife's brazen adultery with a slave, which he avenges with methodical yet indiscriminate violence upon the maidenhood of the realm.
The nuns are figured as sisters, wives, virgins, and daughters in this passage, as a means of describing their special status as religious women: in the first case, their relationship to the writer is described as spiritual fraternity; in the second, it is their role as brides of Christ; and, finally, their relationship to the Virgin Mary is detailed: she is their mother and model of virginity and maidenhood.
Viola's `life' of innocuous old maidenhood full of ease, peace of mind, comparative luxury .
But he proposes an appalling bargain -- the head of Claudio for the maidenhood of Isabella.
She showed herself off in taverns, matching the men in drink and sports, without fear for her maidenhood.
Doricourt's initial dislike of her English maidenhood led her to reject what had been imposed on her: "The timidity of the English character threw a veil over me, you could not penetrate," she explains.