- a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
- an unmarried girl or woman.
- Ecclesiastical. an unmarried, religious woman, especially a saint.
- the Virgin, Mary, the mother of Christ.
- Informal. any person who is uninitiated, uninformed, or the like: He's still a virgin as far as hard work is concerned.
- a female animal that has never copulated.
- an unfertilized insect.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Virgo.
- being a virgin: a virgin martyr.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin: virgin modesty.
- pure; unsullied; undefiled: virgin snow.
- first: the senator's virgin speech.
- without admixture, alloy, or modification: virgin gold.
- not previously exploited, cultivated, tapped, or used: virgin timberlands; virgin wool.
- without experience of; not previously exposed to: a mind virgin to such sorrows.
- Informal. being a mixed drink resembling a specific cocktail but made without any alcoholic ingredient: a virgin piña colada.
- Zoology. not fertilized.
- (of a metal) made directly from ore by smelting, rather than from scrap.
- noting the oil obtained, as from olives, by the first pressing without the application of heat.
Origin of virgin
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Her girlhood had in it a certain dignity as of a virgin priestess or sibyl.Malbone
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Afterwards came the canticle: "In thy help, Virgin, do I put my trust."
She had beheld the Virgin, she was the chosen one, the martyr.
His voice, full of tenderness and strength, was said to be appreciated by the Virgin.
Since he had been set down there his eyes had not strayed from the statue of the Virgin.
- a person, esp a woman, who has never had sexual intercourse
- an unmarried woman who has taken a religious vow of chastity in order to dedicate herself totally to God
- any female animal that has never mated
- a female insect that produces offspring by parthenogenesis
- a person who is new to or inexperienced in a specified fielda political virgin
- of, relating to, resembling, suitable for, or characteristic of a virgin or virgins; chaste
- pure and natural, uncorrupted, unsullied, or untouchedvirgin purity
- not yet cultivated, explored, exploited, etc, by manvirgin territories
- being the first or happening for the first time
- (of vegetable oils) obtained directly by the first pressing of fruits, leaves, or seeds of plants without applying heat
- (of a metal) made from an ore rather than from scrap
- occurring naturally in a pure and uncombined formvirgin silver
- physics (of a neutron) not having experienced a collision
- the Virgin See Virgin Mary
- a statue or other artistic representation of the Virgin Mary
- the Virgin the constellation Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac
Word Origin and History for virgin
c.1200, "unmarried or chaste woman noted for religious piety and having a position of reverence in the Church," from Old French virgine, from Latin virginem (nominative virgo) "maiden, unwedded girl or woman," also an adj., "fresh, unused," probably related to virga "young shoot." For sense evolution, cf. Greek talis "a marriageable girl," cognate with Latin talea "rod, stick, bar." Meaning "young woman in a state of inviolate chastity" is recorded from c.1300. Also applied since early 14c. to a chaste man. Meaning "naive or inexperienced person" is attested from 1953. The adj. is recorded from 1550s in the literal sense; figurative sense of "pure, untainted" is attested from c.1300.
Distraught pretty girl: "I've lost my virginity!"
Benny Hill: "Do you still have the box it came in?"
- A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.