Maid

Maid

(?), n. [Shortened from maiden. . See Maiden.] 1. An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman; esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden.
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Would I had died a maid,
And never seen thee, never borne thee son.
Shak.
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Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me.
Jer. ii. 32.
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2. A man who has not had sexual intercourse. [Obs.]
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Christ was a maid and shapen as a man.
Chaucer.
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3. A female servant.
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Spinning amongst her maids.
Shak.
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Maid is used either adjectively or in composition, signifying female, as in maid child, maidservant.
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4. (Zol.) The female of a ray or skate, esp. of the gray skate (Raia batis), and of the thornback (Raia clavata). [Prov. Eng.]
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Fair maid. (Zol.) See under Fair, a. -- Maid of honor, a female attendant of a queen or royal princess; -- usually of noble family, and having to perform only nominal or honorary duties. -- Old maid. See under Old.
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