virgin

[ vur-jin ]
/ ˈvɜr dʒɪn /

noun

adjective

Origin of virgin

1150–1200; Middle English virgine < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin virgin-, stem of virgō maiden, virgin
Related formsun·vir·gin, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for virgin (1 of 3)

virgin

/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪn) /

noun

adjective (usually prenominal)

Word Origin for virgin

C13: from Old French virgine, from Latin virgō virgin

British Dictionary definitions for virgin (2 of 3)

Virgin

1
/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪn) /

noun

the Virgin See Virgin Mary
a statue or other artistic representation of the Virgin Mary

British Dictionary definitions for virgin (3 of 3)

Virgin

2
/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪn) /

noun

the Virgin the constellation Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac
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Word Origin and History for virgin

virgin


n.

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?"
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Medicine definitions for virgin

virgin

[ vûrjĭn ]

n.

A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.
Related formsvirgin•al (-jə-nəl) adj.
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