What does the word maidenhood mean?

Usage examples for maidenhood

  1. Is maidenhood so great a load to bear? – Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso
  2. Miss Wangle was engaged in prayer and tears, her wig was awry, her face drawn and yellow and her clothes the garb of advanced maidenhood. – Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
  3. That all the wood in blossoming, May calm her heart and cool her blood For losing of her maidenhood. – Hymen by Hilda Doolittle