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Definition of vestal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the Roman goddess Vesta
2a : of or relating to a vestal virgin
b : chaste



Definition of vestal (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of vestal in a Sentence

Adjective a schoolteacher who dresses with almost vestal modesty while on the job
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Souza sets out to reacquaint us with that vanished world, where norms obtained and men were men and words had meaning—where the sun rose on the shrines of our ancestors and six virgins ceaselessly guarded the vestal flame. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Pete Souza’s Resistance Thirst," 3 Aug. 2017 Belton also had Charles Vestal place third in the shot put, Mason Goffoy fourth in the javelin and Tyler Matthews fourth in the 110-meter hurdles. Kansascity,, "Borer a double winner for Pleasant Hill again," 19 May 2017 These queens in the House of Trump—all of them having served variously as models, arm candy, reality-show stars, humiliated sidekicks and shopping channel mavens—are vestal virgins in the temple of acquisition. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Melania, Ivanka, Ivana, Marla and the Role of Women in Trump's World," 1 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With ritual precision, the vestals awaken their miserable charges each dawn and roll them about on their beds of pain while performing ablutions, in the formal movements of which the maidens are highly trained. Gabriel Winant, The New Republic, "Barbara Ehrenreich’s radical critique of wellness and self-improvement," 23 May 2018 Vestals Gap Dr., 42905-Bernhard W. and Brunhild Vater to Patrick J. and Shana Benton Maines, $674,900. Washington Post, "Home sales in Loudoun and Fauquier counties," 26 July 2017 Vestal said erosion and canals that cut through the property made access to the site difficult, and winds helped spread flames through the dry grass. Cathy Locke,, "Mather-area grass fire burns abandoned buildings," 3 July 2017

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First Known Use of vestal


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Vestal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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