I understand the meaning of both words, but I can't figure out what the expression means.

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  • That was Tattoo's wife on Fantasy Island. – JeffSahol Jan 30 '12 at 17:15
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there is only one answer, and that has been given. Besides the OP was really asking about the name of a commercial brand of fruit juice. – Mari-Lou A Mar 10 '15 at 12:36

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”.

  • Any relation of the maid in Nestle's Milkmaid? – Kris Feb 1 '12 at 5:46
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    @Kris Twins separated at birth... – Gnawme Feb 1 '12 at 6:27

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/
  • Well, the OP didn't mention anything about the orange juice brand in the question, so without context a minute maid could indeed refer to a very small delicate female domestic servant or virgin! :) – Mari-Lou A Feb 26 '15 at 8:19

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'.

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