What Does Maiden Mean?


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A maiden may refer to a female virgin, that is, a girl or woman that has not experienced sexual intercourse with a man. Although later the word came to describe any youthful lady.

In particular Native American tribes like the Hopi, a lady who is in the phase that stretches from the first menses to the birth of the first baby, is called a maiden. These women wear a special hairdo and have unique characteristics in terms of clothes and mannerisms.

In the game of Cricket, a maiden over is used to describe that over in which no runs are made in the six consecutive balls that make up the over. Simply put, a maiden over is that over in which zero runs are scored.

The Scottish maiden was a name given to an early variant of a guillotine, called as a gibbet. It served as a way of executing capital punishment in Scotland.

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