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1. Horse racing
a. a horse that has never won a race
b. (as modifier): a maiden race
2. Cricket See maiden over


(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The Triple Goddess is viewed as Maiden, Mother, Crone. In the Maiden aspect, she is considered a virgin, representing youth and innocence, with potential for growth and learning. She is allied with the waxing Moon. As Janet and Stewart Farrar say, "She is the adventurous young flame that banishes indifference and leapfrogs obstacles. . . .She is springtime. . . she is excitement."

Maiden is also the title given to a young Wiccan Priestess who is training to become a coven leader. In a degree system she would be Second Degree, training to eventually take over the position of High Priestess when that lady feels it is time to retire. In this respect, the Gardnerian tradition is criticized for its chauvinism in demanding that a High Priestess retire when she is no longer young and beautiful. The Priestess is a representative of the Goddess, but the Goddess is in three aspects, including the Crone, so many feel that there should be no such pressure. In fact, most women in the position of Maiden are simply training for when they will eventually break away from the mother coven and form their own coven, as a High Priestess in their own right. In family traditions of Witchcraft, the Maiden is usually the daughter of the Priestess.

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Like Persephone, Clarissa crosses the threshold from maidenhood to the status of wife, mother, and queen.
1895 by Frances Benjamin Johnston, writes Burns, "challenges older Victorian ideals of chaste maidenhood, it is also the subversive sign of her modernity.
While her association with the moon thus signifies her loss of maidenhood, it is not entirely clear that after meeting Romeo, Juliet will ever again stand in the sunlight, much less in place of it.
If a woman, who is in her father's house and still in the age of her maidenhood, and should vow something and constrain herself by an oath, if her father should become cognizant of the vow, which has been promised and the oath by which she obligated her own soul and he shall remain silent, she will be liable to the vow.
The war had affected the sculptor deeply, and he wished to do something to give expression to what he felt, and as there was no subject in his country's history which appealed to him so forcibly as the rich and tragic life of the peasant girl of Domremy, he resolved to commemorate both by making an equestrian statue of the patriot martyr; representing her in all the simple pride of her pure maidenhood as she held the banner of her beloved France toward heaven, as the source from whence she believed the divine mandate had come that was to enable her to free her country from the invaders.
Here the myths of a besieged maidenhood, the need for male saviours to protect American women from rape and/or murder, and the embattled nature of the City on a Hill are all traced in a polemic that is solidly researched and thought-provoking, especially when Faludi draws the disturbing parallels with popular culture and the marketing of the War on Terror with its tropes of attack by fanatical Arab 'heathens' and 'heretics'.
All this changes after her marriage, which Andrew presents as her salvation since it (he) rescues her from the "metaphysical outrage" of lesbianism or old maidenhood.
Maidenhood and marriage: the reproductive lives of the girls and women from Xeste 3, Thera.
The seances are organised by Tennyson's sister Emily, once engaged to Hallam, who however failed to live up to the icon of perpetual grieving maidenhood and married somebody else, to the disapproval of not only both families but most of the Victorian reading public.
Joan and the narrator have maidenhood in common: "Wie die Nuss, die darauf wartet, dass einer sie knackt, damit endlich alles zum Vorschein kommt, was mich mit Johanna verbindet" (Like the nut that waits to be cracked, so that everything finally comes to light--that connects me to Johanna).
The candle's fire stands for Mary's maidenhood and humanity's charity.
In The Marble Faun Miriam is presented as morally equivocal long before she commits or is accused of any crime, as if maidenhood were equally a physical and a metaphysical condition.