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[vur-juh l] /ˈvɜr dʒəl/
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nay, this use was not unknown to the Latins, as may be proved from Virgil and Ovid.

  • Ellis Holbrook had a very clever one, arranged from his lesson in Virgil.

  • Except Virgil and this anonymous rhymer, I can recall no verse about cheese.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He used it in translating the second and fourth books of Virgil's "Aeneid."

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • It really must be done, Virgil: you don't want him to think she's ashamed of us, do you?

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for Virgil


Latin name Publius Vergilius Maro. 70–19 bc, Roman poet, patronized by Maecenas. The Eclogues (42–37), ten pastoral poems, and the Georgics (37–30), four books on the art of farming, established Virgil as the foremost poet of his age. His masterpiece is the Aeneid (30–19)
Derived Forms
Virgilian, Vergilian, adjective
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Virgil definition

An ancient Roman poet; the author of the Aeneid, one of the great epics of Western literature.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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