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1    Archaic or literary   a young unmarried girl; maiden  
a    a female servant  
b    (in combination)  
a housemaid     
3    a spinster  
     (C12: shortened form of maiden)  
  maidish      adj  
  maidishness      n  

lady's maid  
      n   a personal servant to a woman, esp. in matters of dress and toilet  
Maid Marian  
1    a character in morris dancing, played by a man dressed as a woman  
2      (Legend)   the sweetheart of Robin Hood  
maid of all work  
1    a maid who does all types of housework  
2    a general factotum  
maid of honour  
1      (U.S. and Canadian)   the principal unmarried attendant of a bride  
   Compare       bridesmaid       matron of honour  
2      (Brit)   a small tart with an almond-flavoured filling  
3    an unmarried lady attending a queen or princess  
Maid of Orléans  
      n      the. another name for       Joan of Arc  
meter maid  
Informal   a female traffic warden  
old maid  
1    a woman regarded as unlikely ever to marry; spinster  
2    Informal   a prim, fastidious, or excessively cautious person  
3    a card game using a pack from which one card has been removed, in which players try to avoid holding the unpaired card at the end of the game  
  old-maidish      adj  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    damsel, girl, lass, lassie     (informal)   maiden, miss, nymph     (poetic)   wench  
2    abigail     (archaic)   handmaiden     (archaic)   housemaid, maidservant, servant, serving-maid  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! to good gendarme, good one(maid) throws(launches) n.
à bon gendarme, bonne lance

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