Examples from the Web for vestal
The vestal was but a more perfect type of these women on whose tomb univiræ—the wife of one man—was alone inscribed.
While the general rejoicing is at its height, Urania is brought in to take her vestal vows at the altar.Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama|Walter W. Greg
But none the less the Vestal was in a tremor of fear for the consequences of her meeting with the libertine.A Friend of Caesar|William Stearns Davis
Every Vestal has a right to leave the order at the end of her term of service and to marry if she pleases.The Unwilling Vestal|Edward Lucas White
The most awful penalties were visited upon the head of any vestal virgin who was guilty of violating her vows.Romulus, Makers of History|Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for vestal
Word Origin and History for vestal
"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").