vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce virgin (audio) \

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



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
5 : containing no alcohol a virgin daiquiri
6 : free of impurity or stain : unsullied
7 : characteristic of or befitting a virgin : modest


geographical name
Vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce Virgin (audio) \

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: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

  • deflowered
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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 But whether it’s Seth Rogen’s stoner-entrepreneur, Steve Carell’s 40-year-old virgin or Adam Sandler’s depressed movie star, there has always been at least some separation between the actor and the character. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Pete Davidson steps up in ‘King of Staten Island’," 12 June 2020 Slane Irish Whiskey ages in three casks: American virgin and seasoned casks and Spanish sherry casks. John Kell, Fortune, "Whiskey makers are bending the rules for barrel-aging, signaling a new wave for bourbon," 29 Mar. 2020 It’s as though Bill Clinton had rebutted allegations of an affair with Monica Lewinsky by claiming to be a virgin. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Trump was combating corruption in Ukraine? Don’t make me laugh.," 13 Nov. 2019 Fluff with a fork, then add to the salad bowl with the extra-virgin olive oil. Tara Duggan,, "Will there be a summer this year? Our wild salmon offers hope," 22 May 2020 In a large pot, heat 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil over medium-low. New York Times, "One Tomato Sauce, Four Weeknight Dinners," 6 May 2020 Olio Santo extra-virgin olive oil, which she’s been using for at least 20 years, as reported by Bon Appétit. Zoe Denenberg, Southern Living, "13 Essential Ina Garten Recipes Everyone Should Master," 16 Apr. 2020 Other ingredients include sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil, and of course, kale. Morgan Raum,, "Kale Yeah! Trader Joe's Is Now Selling Kale Gnocchi," 8 Jan. 2020 Add chopped anchovies to the skillet, along with the extra-virgin olive oil. Tina Danze, Dallas News, "What to cook this week: 8 starter pantry cuisine recipes with easy variations," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Iyer has since launched her own company, Brightland, a handcrafted extra virgin olive oil brand. Rachel King, Fortune, "Brightland’s CEO on bootstrapping a new company and readjusting your mindset," 6 July 2020 The plan suggests combating this problem by focusing on making improvements to existing infrastructure, and discouraging new development on virgin land. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "NOACA proposes new 20-year blueprint for wastewater management and water quality," 30 June 2020 Once warm, add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Christian Reynoso,, "Cooking with legendary Bay Area drag queen helped me see beauty in community," 25 June 2020 The production of prime plastics (virgin plastics produced from petrochemicals) has seen a growth of 3% per annum over the last few years. Surendra Patawari, Fortune, "Why COVID-19 is a wake-up call for sustainability," 13 June 2020 Drain and in a large bowl toss with 1 tablespoon of the extra-virgin olive oil. Christian Reynoso,, "California squid is worth the work for this pasta recipe with basil and chiles," 5 June 2020 The market oversupply and low prices could be accompanied by flat or low demand for virgin plastics, IEEFA says, as consumers shift toward recycled products. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Trump pursues infrastructure boost via administrative action," 4 June 2020 This is a perfect dish to cook for happy hour at hunting or fishing camp this spring. 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp. Jean-paul Bourgeois, Field & Stream, "How to Cook Morel Mushroom and Wild Turkey Focaccia," 28 May 2020 With conventional cotton and virgin polyester making up about 85% of total fibers in today’s apparel, Barclays sees the need for more sustainable materials in the mix. Jeremy R Cooke,, "Greener Fashion Industry Could Unlock More Than $100 Billion in Value," 13 May 2020

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First Known Use of virgin


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for virgin


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

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

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21 Jun 2020

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“Virgin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce Virgin (audio)

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.



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


vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce virgin (audio) \

Kids Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has not had sexual intercourse



Kids Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: not yet disturbed or changed by human activity virgin forests


vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce virgin (audio) \

Medical Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who has not had sexual intercourse



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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