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 for Fair maid
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Maid \Maid\, n. [Shortened from maiden. ?. See Maiden.]
     1. An unmarried woman; usually, a young unmarried woman;
        esp., a girl; a virgin; a maiden.
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              Would I had died a maid,
              And never seen thee, never borne thee son. --Shak.
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              Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her
              attire? Yet my people have forgotten me. --Jer. ii.
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     2. A man who has not had sexual intercourse. [Obs.]
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              Christ was a maid and shapen as a man. --Chaucer.
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     3. A female servant.
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              Spinning amongst her maids.           --Shak.
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     Note: Maid is used either adjectively or in composition,
           signifying female, as in maid child, maidservant.
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     4. (Zool.) The female of a ray or skate, esp. of the gray
        skate ({Raia batis), and of the thornback ({Raia
        clavata). [Prov. Eng.]
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     Fair maid. (Zool.) See under Fair, a.
     Maid of honor, a female attendant of a queen or royal
        princess; -- usually of noble family, and having to
        perform only nominal or honorary duties.
     Old maid. See under Old.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fair \Fair\ (f[^a]r), a. [Compar. Fairer; superl. Fairest.]
     [OE. fair, fayer, fager, AS. f[ae]ger; akin to OS. & OHG.
     fagar, Icel. fagr, Sw. fager, Dan. faver, Goth. fagrs fit,
     also to E. fay, G. f["u]gen, to fit. fegen to sweep, cleanse,
     and prob. also to E. fang, peace, pact, Cf. Fang, Fain,
     Fay to fit.]
     1. Free from spots, specks, dirt, or imperfection;
        unblemished; clean; pure.
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              A fair white linen cloth.             --Book of
                                                    Common Prayer.
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     2. Pleasing to the eye; handsome; beautiful.
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              Who can not see many a fair French city, for one
              fair French made.                     --Shak.
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     3. Without a dark hue; light; clear; as, a fair skin.
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              The northern people large and fair-complexioned.
                                                    --Sir M. Hale.
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     4. Not overcast; cloudless; clear; pleasant; propitious;
        favorable; -- said of the sky, weather, or wind, etc.; as,
        a fair sky; a fair day.
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              You wish fair winds may waft him over. --Prior.
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     5. Free from obstacles or hindrances; unobstructed;
        unincumbered; open; direct; -- said of a road, passage,
        etc.; as, a fair mark; in fair sight; a fair view.
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              The caliphs obtained a mighty empire, which was in a
              fair way to have enlarged.            --Sir W.
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     6. (Shipbuilding) Without sudden change of direction or
        curvature; smooth; flowing; -- said of the figure of a
        vessel, and of surfaces, water lines, and other lines.
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     7. Characterized by frankness, honesty, impartiality, or
        candor; open; upright; free from suspicion or bias;
        equitable; just; -- said of persons, character, or
        conduct; as, a fair man; fair dealing; a fair statement.
        "I would call it fair play." --Shak.
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     8. Pleasing; favorable; inspiring hope and confidence; --
        said of words, promises, etc.
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              When fair words and good counsel will not prevail on
              us, we must be frighted into our duty. --L'
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     9. Distinct; legible; as, fair handwriting.
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     10. Free from any marked characteristic; average; middling;
         as, a fair specimen.
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               The news is very fair and good, my lord. --Shak.
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     Fair ball. (Baseball)
         (a) A ball passing over the home base at the height
             called for by the batsman, and delivered by the
             pitcher while wholly within the lines of his position
             and facing the batsman.
         (b) A batted ball that falls inside the foul lines; --
             called also a fair hit.
     Fair maid. (Zool.)
         (a) The European pilchard ({Clupea pilchardus) when
         (b) The southern scup ({Stenotomus Gardeni). [Virginia]
     Fair one, a handsome woman; a beauty,
     Fair play, equitable or impartial treatment; a fair or
        equal chance; justice.
     From fair to middling, passable; tolerable. [Colloq.]
     The fair sex, the female sex.
     Syn: Candid; open; frank; ingenuous; clear; honest;
          equitable; impartial; reasonable. See Candid.
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