[ def-luh-rey-shuh n, dee-fluh- ]
/ ˌdɛf ləˈreɪ ʃən, ˌdi flə- /


the act of deflowering.

Nearby words

  1. deflection yoke,
  2. deflective,
  3. deflexed,
  4. deflocculant,
  5. deflocculate,
  6. deflower,
  7. defluvium,
  8. defluxion,
  9. defo,
  10. defocus

Origin of defloration

1350–1400; Middle English defloracioun < Old French defloracion < Late Latin dēflōrātiōn- (stem of dēflōrātiō) a plucking of flowers, equivalent to dēflōrāt(us) (past participle of dēflōrāre to deflower) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for defloration


/ (ˌdiːflɔːˈreɪʃən) /


the act of deflowering

Word Origin for defloration

C15: from Late Latin dēflorātiō; see de-, flower

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Word Origin and History for defloration



late 14c., "culling of the finest passages from books," from Old French desfloracion (14c.), from Latin deflorationem "plucking of flowers," also "taking of (a woman's) virginity," noun of action from past participle stem of deflorare (see deflower). Cf. also anthology. Also used in Middle English with reference to virginity from c.1400.

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