[ vur-jin ]
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  1. a person who has never had sexual intercourse.

  2. an unmarried girl or woman.

  1. Ecclesiastical. an unmarried, religious woman, especially a saint.

  2. the Virgin, Mary, the mother of Christ.

  3. Informal. any person who is uninitiated, uninformed, or the like: He's still a virgin as far as hard work is concerned.

  4. a female animal that has never copulated.

  5. an unfertilized insect.

  6. Virgin, Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Virgo.

  1. being a virgin: a virgin martyr.

  2. of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin: virgin modesty.

  1. pure; unsullied; undefiled: virgin snow.

  2. first: the senator's virgin speech.

  3. without admixture, alloy, or modification: virgin gold.

  4. not previously exploited, cultivated, tapped, or used: virgin timberlands;virgin wool.

  5. without experience of; not previously exposed to: a mind virgin to such sorrows.

  6. Informal. being a mixed drink resembling a specific cocktail but made without any alcoholic ingredient: a virgin piña colada.

  7. Zoology. not fertilized.

  8. (of a metal) made directly from ore by smelting, rather than from scrap.

  9. noting the oil obtained, as from olives, by the first pressing without the application of heat.

Origin of virgin

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English virgine, from Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin virgin-, stem of virgō “maiden, virgin”

Other words for virgin

2 maid, maiden
11 chaste, unpolluted
13 unalloyed, unadulterated
14 new; pristine, untouched, unexploited, unspoiled, untainted
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Opposites for virgin

11 defiled
13 adulterated, alloyed, contaminated, impure
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Other words from virgin

  • un·vir·gin, adjective

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How to use virgin in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for virgin (1 of 3)


/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪn) /

  1. a person, esp a woman, who has never had sexual intercourse

  2. an unmarried woman who has taken a religious vow of chastity in order to dedicate herself totally to God

  1. any female animal that has never mated

  2. a female insect that produces offspring by parthenogenesis

  3. a person who is new to or inexperienced in a specified field: a political virgin

adjective(usually prenominal)
  1. of, relating to, resembling, suitable for, or characteristic of a virgin or virgins; chaste

  2. pure and natural, uncorrupted, unsullied, or untouched: virgin purity

  1. not yet cultivated, explored, exploited, etc, by man: virgin territories

  2. being the first or happening for the first time

  3. (of vegetable oils) obtained directly by the first pressing of fruits, leaves, or seeds of plants without applying heat

  4. (of a metal) made from an ore rather than from scrap

  5. occurring naturally in a pure and uncombined form: virgin silver

  6. physics (of a neutron) not having experienced a collision

Origin of virgin

C13: from Old French virgine, from Latin virgō virgin

British Dictionary definitions for Virgin (2 of 3)


/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪn) /

  1. the Virgin See Virgin Mary

  2. a statue or other artistic representation of the Virgin Mary

British Dictionary definitions for Virgin (3 of 3)


/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪn) /

  1. the Virgin the constellation Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac

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