Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    BRENOIRONMAIDEN is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    45
    Post Thanks / Like

    What the real meaning for "young girl"?

    Hello friends. I have two questions:

    1- A "young girl" is:

    A) A girl between 10 and 15 years old (or a female child)

    B) A young unmarried woman (between 15 - 22 years old)

    2- The definition of the word "MAIDEN" is: "a young unmarried gir". So a maiden have:

    A) Between 10 - 15 years old

    B) Between 15 - 22 years old

    ??????????????

  2. #2
    Barb_D's Avatar
    Barb_D is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    17,531
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: What the real meaning for "young girl"?

    Anything to do with age is subjective.

    For me, a "young girl" is still in elementary school. My teenage daughter would be insulted to hear some might think of her as a "young girl."

    Do not use the word "maiden" in modern conversation to refer to a young woman.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

  3. #3
    BRENOIRONMAIDEN is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Brazil
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    45
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: What the real meaning for "young girl"?

    yeah! I know that MAIDEN is an archaic word. But what was the age of a maiden? In some dictionaries, "maiden" means "young girl" and other dictionaries means "young woman". what was the age that had a maiden?



  4. #4
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    20,225
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: What the real meaning for "young girl"?

    Quote Originally Posted by BRENOIRONMAIDEN View Post
    yeah! I know that MAIDEN is an archaic word. But what was the age of a maiden? In some dictionaries, "maiden" means "young girl" and other dictionaries means "young woman". what was the age that had a maiden?

    A maiden is a virgin. In societies where unmarried woman can generally be considered virgins, you could refer to a young woman/girl as a maiden.
    There is no cut-off age. When does someone become old?

    Apparently the translators of the Bible had a problem with this too, and it led (partly) to the whole "Virgin Mary" idea, where the original simply meant a young girl.

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-Sep-2010, 18:47
  2. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-Feb-2009, 15:42
  3. [General] Doubt about "Trainee" "Intern" "Young Professional" ...
    By claudiocrs in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2008, 22:16
  4. the real meaning of "can I not [verb]"?
    By dihen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 27-Dec-2005, 03:58
  5. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2004, 02:04

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •