[ dem-ee-vee-airzh; French duh-mee-vyerzh ]

noun,plural de·mi-vierges [dem-ee-vee-air-zhiz; French duh-mee-vyerzh]. /ˌdɛm i viˈɛər ʒɪz; French də miˈvyɛrʒ/.
  1. a girl or woman who behaves in a sexually provocative and permissive way without yielding her virginity.

Origin of demi-vierge

<French: literally, half-virgin; after Les demi-vierges (1894), a novel by French writer Marcel Prévost (1862–1940)
  • Also called dem·i-vir·gin [dem-ee-vur-jin, dem-ee-vur-]. /ˌdɛm iˈvɜr dʒɪn, ˈdɛm iˌvɜr-/.

Words Nearby demi-vierge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use demi-vierge in a sentence

  • She had outwardly a tense markedly virginal quality but was inwardly insolently demi-vierge.

    I, Mary MacLane | Mary MacLane
  • There followed innocuous passages with a respectable demi-vierge, referred to in the journal as Adle of the Gate.

    Modernities | Horace Barnett Samuel
  • The French type of the demi-vierge is just beginning to play its rôle in the new world.

  • II sera pour vous une vierge, mieux qu'une vierge, il sera pour vous une demi-vierge.

    The Lake | George Moore
  • Who, even if this little fool were merely demi-vierge, would hesitate between them?

    Black Oxen | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for demivierge


/ (ˈdɛmɪˌvjɛəʒ) /

  1. a woman who engages in promiscuous sexual activity but retains her virginity

Origin of demivierge

C20: French, literally: half-virgin

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