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
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


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 There is also some virgin down blended into the fill for a more cushiony feel. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 22 Apr. 2021 Gu-Chang is a 30-year-old virgin who has never had a girlfriend and is down on his luck financially. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, 23 Feb. 2021 Organic virgin coconut oil has been touted for its many health benefits, but these claims are not always supported by research. Zachary Visconti,, 14 Apr. 2021 There's recognition now that there are certain questions which are inappropriate to ask, including whether someone is a virgin – a question Spears, Simpson and other young teen stars repeatedly faced. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2021 Remember when the most dramatic part of a Bachelor season was, like, a virgin jumping a fence in Portugal and running away from production? Devon Ivie, Vulture, 24 Feb. 2021 But she would still be expected to be an innocent virgin on her wedding night. Rosie Knight,, 11 Jan. 2021 Afterward, Berbrooke approaches Simon in an alley, talks a bunch of crap about his upbringing, and questions whether Daphne is really a virgin. Lia Beck,, 28 Dec. 2020 The people of Joseph’s time were no more likely to credit the idea of a pregnant virgin than are people in our own times. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 25 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Each product page features an impact dashboard, noting the emissions, chemicals and water saved by opting for a PANGAIA item over a conventional garment made from virgin fabrics. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The judges were merely showing sympathy for your virgin legendary walk, or perhaps the fix was in. Nick Romano,, 7 June 2021 Their materials are sourced thoughtfully and without harm: always biodegradable, clean or upcycled and never virgin plastic, leather or feathers. Rosa Sanchez, Forbes, 26 May 2021 And never put up with someone who wants to recklessly deep-plow your virgin topsoil. Alex Baia, The New Yorker, 21 May 2021 The mycelium of the old tree branched and signaled in response, coaxing the virgin roots to soften and grow in a herringbone and prepare for the ultimate union with it. Suzanne Simard, Wired, 7 May 2021 Instead of fleeing, the valiant virgin inches closer. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 During the season's airing, Underwood was panned as unique among contestants in The Bachelor's history as the show’s first virgin bachelor. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 14 Apr. 2021 As Teresa Giudice readies her house by pouring a bunch of tortilla chips on the sort of marble slab usually reserved for virgin sacrifices, her daughter Gia sits at the onyx kitchen island as large as Vanuatu. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 14 Apr. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Virgin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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