vir·​gin·​al | \ ˈvər-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce virginal (audio) , ˈvərj-nəl \

Definition of virginal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity especially : pure, chaste a virginal young girl
2 : pristine, unsullied a virginal snowfall



Definition of virginal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small rectangular spinet having no legs and only one wire to a note and popular in the 16th and 17th centuries often used in plural

called also pair of virginals

Other Words from virginal


virginally adverb


virginalist \ ˈvər-​jə-​nᵊl-​ist How to pronounce virginal (audio) , ˈvərj-​nə-​list \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for virginal

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of virginal in a Sentence

Adjective The land is still in its virginal state. one of the state's few remaining tracts of virginal prairie
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Historically, clinicians have defended medical involvement as a means of protecting women against violence if their virginal status is in question. Neda Taghinejadi, Wired, 13 Feb. 2022 Men are gang members, and women are either virginal or spitfires. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 And because the queen, who had endured omnipresent chaperonage by her mother, was presumed to be virginal, the color came to be considered symbolic of bodily purity. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 This became a clear trend and message over the course of a decade, fueled by pop culture stars: young women and girls needed to stay virginal to succeed. Danielle Campoamor,, 8 Nov. 2021 Gus, one of the liberated enslaved, in the uniform of the Union Army, loiters outside the house of the virginal southern belle Flora and follows her to the woods. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, 23 Apr. 2020 That went double for the moon, whose virginal glow is nicely sanitizing in this context. James Marcus, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 From there one, the idea of pure evil and the most ubiquitous representation of good, a virginal babysitter, a young girl with dreams of romance and goodness in her heart. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 28 Aug. 2021 The character, in Zegler’s view, shouldn’t be so virginal and pure and, well, flat and one-note. Hunter Harris, Town & Country, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Many of the clinics that provide hymenoplasty also offer virginity testing, an examination of the genitalia that claims to determine the virginal (or otherwise) status of a woman. Neda Taghinejadi, Wired, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of virginal


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for virginal


probably from Latin virginalis of a virgin, from virgin-, virgo

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“Virginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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vir·​gin·​al | \ ˈvər-jən-ᵊl, ˈvərj-nəl How to pronounce virginal (audio) \

Medical Definition of virginal

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity

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