vestal virgin


Definition of vestal virgin

1 : a virgin consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to the service of watching the sacred fire perpetually kept burning on her altar
2 : a chaste woman

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The vestal virgins, who maintained the sacred fire of Vesta, the goddess of hearth and home, were the Beyhive of their day. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Superfans: A Love Story," 9 Sep. 2019 The vestal virgins, whose images appear on coins and friezes in Mr. MacGregor’s pages, held the high responsibility of keeping the Roman national hearth alight. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vestal virgin

circa 1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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