A vestal mustn't answer back or make a pun, no matter how good a chance she gets.
Twice the boat returned without an accident to the “vestal.”
Their mother was a vestal virgin,—that is, she was a maiden who tended the sacred fire in the temple of the goddess Vesta.
vestal virgins were not supposed to have children, yet they could and often did marry.
Barbara's muslin had been washed six times, and had a very different air from the vestal robes of her patroness.
So it is when the literary deities, vestal or otherwise, return to their Stratfords.
Our part is to look beautiful, and we may leave grave thoughts to the vestal virgins.
There is something divine in every vestal, and Rubria is very beautiful.
Why can a vestal virgin become an heir, while her mother cannot?
For ten years they were taught the duties of a vestal virgin.
"chaste, pure, virgin," 1590s, originally (early 15c.) "belonging to or dedicated to Vesta," Roman goddess of hearth and home. The noun is recorded from 1570s, short for Vestal virgin, one of four (later six) priestesses (Latin virgines Vestales) in charge of the sacred fire in the temple of Vesta in Rome. The goddess name, attested in English from late 14c., corresponds to, and may be cognate with, Greek Hestia, from hestia "hearth," from PIE root *wes- "to dwell, stay" (cf. Sanskrit vasati "stays, dwells," Gothic wisan, Old English, Old High German wesan "to be").