virgin

noun
vir·gin | \ˈvər-jən \

Definition of virgin 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a person who has not had sexual intercourse

b : a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity

2a : an unmarried woman devoted to religion

b capitalized : virgo

3a : an absolutely chaste young woman

b : an unmarried girl or woman

4 capitalized : virgin mary

5 : a female animal that has never copulated

virgin

adjective

Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : chaste

2 : fresh, unspoiled specifically : not altered by human activity a virgin forest

3 of a vegetable oil : obtained from the first light pressing and without heating

4a(1) : being used or worked for the first time virgin lumber — see also virgin wool

(2) of a metal : produced directly from ore by primary smelting

b : initial, first

5 : containing no alcohol a virgin daiquiri

6 : free of impurity or stain : unsullied

7 : characteristic of or befitting a virgin : modest

Virgin

geographical name
Vir·gin | \ˈvər-jən \

Definition of Virgin (Entry 3 of 3)

river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in southwestern Utah and southeastern Nevada flowing to Lake Mead

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Synonyms & Antonyms for virgin

Synonyms: Adjective

chaste, clean, decent, G-rated, immaculate, modest, pure, virginal

Antonyms: Adjective

coarse, dirty, filthy, immodest, impure, indecent, obscene, smutty, unchaste, unclean, vulgar

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Examples of virgin in a Sentence

Noun

a virgin in the world of comedy clubs, he's still learning to deal with hecklers

Adjective

virgin boys are sometimes unfairly teased the state's only remaining virgin forest
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The pair are like fumbling virgins in a first erotic encounter. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Panda," 28 June 2018 Larson also thinks the legal age to marry should be eliminated so more men have a better shot at marrying young virgins. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Beelzebub on the ballot: Nathan Larson and the scary guys running for Congress," 4 June 2018 Society likes to see women as the virgin or the mother. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The Year Of Spectacular Men," 19 June 2018 The trope of virgins being tossed into a volcanic crater to appease gods is a Hollywood myth, but there is evidence of human sacrifice on volcanoes in antiquity. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Volcanoes are awe-inspiring. Here are 7 things to know about them.," 11 May 2018 The original scenario about rival tribes, pagan rituals and the sacrifice of a virgin – the one that caused a scandal at its 1913 premiere in Paris – is too potent for elementary schoolers. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Put kids amid pros – and a choreographer who’s done ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – and here’s what happens | Charlotte Observer," 29 Mar. 2018 Drawn from the biblical parable of the 10 virgins, the hymn doesn’t ask listeners to passively wait for their grief to be erased. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "A Song of Spiritual Awakening," 23 Mar. 2018 Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keep your cool: No-heat cooking keeps you comfortable and the food fresh," 5 July 2018 Cedar grown Lemon Thyme, Chives tossed with garlic, corto extra virgin, Local Stumpy Point Shrimp and Billy’s seafood provided the scallops. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Headed to the beach? Here are 14 great places to eat, from Carolina Beach to Calabash," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This spring, the teen girls of Blockers debated the future of their virgin status and took on their overbearing parents without a hint of Valley Girl whining. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Why calling women 'strong female leads' is degrading," 2 July 2018 Or keep it virgin and add an ounce of rum per glass to be topped off with the juice mixture. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "This tropical guava-cherry punch satisfies both teetotalers and partiers," 27 June 2018 One of the few remaining tracts of virgin timber east of the Mississippi River, the park’s massive trees were almost cut down for lumber in the 1960s. Jay Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Pitch a tent, and play outdoors at these 5 Midwest campgrounds," 13 June 2018 Extra virgin olive oil has a medium color and a very distinct olive flavor. Houston Chronicle, "Can banana aging be foiled?," 26 June 2018 Beginning in earnest in the 1950s, the company began selling land to developers eager to get their hands on virgin territory on the booming Westside. Scott Garner, latimes.com, "Neighborhood Spotlight: Pricey Ladera Heights, tucked away in the Westside, retains a sense of community," 6 July 2018 Fish 4 rockfish fillets, about 6 ounces each, preferably longline-caught from Neah Bay Kosher salt Extra virgin olive oil 1. Catherine M. Allchin, The Seattle Times, "After an epic ecological comeback, the local, versatile rockfish has become a restaurant rock star," 27 June 2018 Drizzle kale with extra virgin olive oil until well dressed. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018 By 2025 Loop Industries will have two European facilities supplying all the virgin-quality plastic resin that evian needs to make all of its bottles from 100% recycled plastic—meeting its 2025 commitment. National Geographic, "Evian and Loop Industries: Starting a Revolution in Plastic Recycling," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of virgin

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for virgin

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French virgine, from Latin virgin-, virgo young woman, virgin

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Phrases Related to virgin

the Virgin Mary

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The first known use of virgin was in the 13th century

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More Definitions for virgin

virgin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has not had sexual intercourse

: a person who does not have experience in a particular activity, job, etc.

virgin

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: never having had sexual intercourse

: not changed from a natural or original condition : not affected by human activity

of olive oil : obtained from the first light pressing of olives

virgin

noun
vir·gin | \ˈvər-jən \

Kids Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has not had sexual intercourse

virgin

adjective

Kids Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: not yet disturbed or changed by human activity virgin forests

virgin

noun
vir·gin | \ˈvər-jən \

Medical Definition of virgin 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: one who has not had sexual intercourse

virgin

adjective

Medical Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: not affected or altered by previous use or exposure (as to an antigen) : naive virgin B cells

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