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

Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 2)

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On All Hallow’s Eve, when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 20 July 2022 Joanne, meanwhile, proved to be a less than convincing virgin. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 July 2022 On All Hallow’s Eve, when the moon is round, a virgin will summon us from under the ground. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2022 The baby, which was supposed to have been a miracle from the virgin (a prayer answered!) feels instead like a curse. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 15 June 2022 Use the extra virgin avocado oil for drizzling over crunchy salads, roasted veggies, or yogurt parfaits. Bon Appétit, 23 May 2022 And Bonus says that report suggests that Sharon was still a virgin—the doctor wrote that her hymen was intact. CBS News, 21 May 2022 Who wants to be with the 29-year-old virgin who lacks self-confidence who has never been in a serious relationship? Globe Staff,, 15 May 2022 The best way to watch this film is with a Romy and Michele virgin who doesn’t know the first reunion is a dream sequence conjured by Michele en route to the real reunion. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are visions of a creepy priest involved in some arcane ritual, as well as a chorus of young girls dressed in virgin-sacrifice white. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 26 May 2022 What Zoë loves is that it can be applied on any base color, regardless of whether the hair is virgin or pre-colored. Photo: Christian Vierig/getty Images.,, 2 Mar. 2022 Unlike the greenish hue and peppery flavor of pricey extra-virgin olive oil, regular olive oil (often labeled 'light') has a lighter color, more mild flavor and higher smoke point — just like vegetable oil. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 While on vacation, Michelle the penny-pincher, who is concerned about every dollar spent, puts away her money worries and relaxes poolside with a virgin piña colada. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Quite the multitasker, this beauty oil can be used on the hair, face and body, leaving all three glowing thanks to 23 karat gold and extra virgin Japanese camellia oil. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 2 May 2022 The inclusive line also features two virgin options in ginger mule and colada, which also serve as the perfect mixers. Glenn Garner,, 17 Apr. 2022 But Ukraine, in an ecological transition zone, is also home to vibrant wetlands and forests and a large swath of virgin steppe. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 But unfortunately, Ver Beck’s virgin flight didn’t go well. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for virgin


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

Virgin geographical name

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

Definition of Virgin

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

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