virginal


1vir·gin·al

adjective \ˈvər-jə-nəl, ˈvərj-nəl\

: having a young, pure, and innocent quality

: not changed from a natural or original condition

Full Definition of VIRGINAL

1
:  of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity; especially :  pure, chaste <a virginal young girl>
2
:  pristine, unsullied <a virginal snowfall>
vir·gin·al·ly adverb

Examples of VIRGINAL

  1. The land is still in its virginal state.
  2. <one of the state's few remaining tracts of virginal prairie>

First Known Use of VIRGINAL

15th century

2virginal

noun

Definition of VIRGINAL

:  a small rectangular spinet having no legs and only one wire to a note and popular in the 16th and 17th centuries —often used in plural —called also pair of virginals
vir·gin·al·ist \ˈvər-jə-nəl-ist, ˈvərj-nə-list\ noun

Origin of VIRGINAL

probably from Latin virginalis of a virgin, from virgin-, virgo
First Known Use: 1530

vir·gin·al

adjective \ˈvər-jən-əl, ˈvərj-nəl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VIRGINAL

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity

virginal

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

English virginal (with jack rail removed) made by Robert Hatley, London, 1664; in the …—From the Benton-Fletcher Collection at the National Trust Property, Fenton House, Hampstead, London

Small rectangular harpsichord with a single set of strings and a single manual. The derivation of its name is uncertain. The virginal's strings run parallel to the keyboard, which occupies only a portion of the longer side. Combination virginals include a smaller portable virginal that can be placed on top of the larger keyboard to create a two-manual instrument. The virginal was particularly popular in 16th–17th-century England, where much music was written for it by William Byrd, Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, and others.

Variants of VIRGINAL

virginal or virginals

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