(in ancient Rome) one of four, later six, virgins consecrated to Vesta and to the tending of the sacred fire on her altar.
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Origin of vestal virgin
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
Words nearby vestal virgin
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British Dictionary definitions for vestal virgin
(in ancient Rome) one of the four, later six, virgin priestesses whose lives were dedicated to Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
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