Pronunciation Noun

maid (plural maids)

  1. (dated or poetic) A girl or an unmarried young woman; maiden.
  2. A female servant or cleaner (short for maidservant).
  3. (archaic) A virgin, now female but originally one of either gender.
    • 1380+, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
      Crist was a mayde and shapen as a man.
    • 1601, William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
      You are betrothed both to a maid and man.
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