I understand the meaning of both words, but I can't figure out what the expression means.
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Minute Maid® is a brand of frozen orange juice concentrate, from which an orange juice drink can be made by adding water.
From the Minute Maid® web site:
From the city famous for its Minutemen militia, a Boston advertising agency came up with the name “Minute Maid” reflecting the convenience and ease of preparation.
Minute Maid® is a play on the words “made in a minute” or “[in a] minute made”.
It could also mean “the little maid”. :)
Minute has many meanings and with different pronunciations, including:
- One minute (time). /ˈmɪnɪt/
- Insignificant, very small, slight etc. /mʌɪˈnjuːt/
It is a pun on the word "maid" and "made". It is such a beverage which can be 'made in a minute'. Particularly the word "maid" may have been used by taking a cue from 'milk maid'.