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