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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Antonyms for virgin

11. defiled. 13. mixed, adulterated. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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

adjective (usually prenominal)

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

Word Origin for virgin

C13: from Old French virgine, from Latin virgō virgin




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
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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?"
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virgin in Medicine




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