[ vur-juh-nl ]
/ ˈvɜr dʒə nl /


Often virginals. a rectangular harpsichord with the strings stretched parallel to the keyboard, the earlier types placed on a table: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Nearby words

  1. virgin river,
  2. virgin soil,
  3. virgin wool,
  4. virgin's-bower,
  5. virgin, the,
  6. virginally,
  7. virginals,
  8. virginia,
  9. virginia and kentucky resolutions,
  10. virginia beach

Origin of virginal

First recorded in 1520–30; apparently special use of virginal1

Related formsvir·gin·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for virginals


/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl) /


of, relating to, characterized by, proper to, or maintaining a state of virginity; chaste
extremely pure or fresh; untouched; undefiled
Derived Formsvirginally, adverb

Word Origin for virginal

C15: from Latin virginālis maidenly, from virgō virgin


/ (ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl) /


(often plural) a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
Derived Formsvirginalist, noun

Word Origin for virginal

C16: probably from Latin virginālis virginal 1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies

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Word Origin and History for virginals
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