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vir·​gin·​al ˈvər-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce virginal (audio)
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity
especially : pure, chaste
a virginal young girl
: pristine, unsullied
a virginal snowfall
virginally adverb


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: 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

ˈvər-jə-nᵊl-ist How to pronounce virginal (audio)

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
Wealthy Upper East Sider step-siblings Kathryn Merteuil (Gellar) and Sebastian Valmont (Phillippe, now 49) are among Annette's classmates, and the two make a bet that Sebastian can't seduce the virginal new student. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 5 Mar. 2024 In a video for the song, the group in virginal white cotton dresses walk barefoot in an agricultural field outside a wooden cottage. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2023 Even further north — on the country’s uppermost peninsula closest to Nicaragua (an hour from LIR airport) — is Costa Elena, a new eco-luxury community and ocean club with 10 miles of virginal coastline, renowned for kite-surfing and snorkeling. Kathryn Romeyn, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Nov. 2023 Morgan’s Tony Soprano finally showed up in Season 4, in the form of Lady Diana Spencer—the virginal blueblood, twelve years Prince Charles’s junior, to whom fell the unenviable fate of becoming the Princess of Wales. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2023 One result of this approach is that XVI treats the women in its cast astonishingly poorly, pulling from stock archetypes of dark fantasy scheming shrews, manipulative seductresses, and constantly available, virginal targets of romantic affections. WIRED, 24 June 2023 The script by Birds of Prey writer Hodson is at its best in the early scenes establishing Barry as a virginal nerd who has gone through college without managing to acquire much self-assurance, even after mastering his superpowers. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 June 2023 With high-piled hair, tight outfits and seductive looks, the three young women of the Ronettes — Ronnie, born Veronica Bennett; her sister, Estelle; and their cousin Nedra Talley — transformed the virginal model that had defined female pop groups since the 1940s. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 The then-Prince of Wales was encouraged to find a virginal bride, and Camilla went on to marry army officer Andrew Parker Bowles. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2023
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

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Word History



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

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of virginal was in the 15th century

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“Virginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


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vir·​gin·​al ˈvər-jən-ᵊl How to pronounce virginal (audio)
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or suitable for a virgin
especially : chaste sense 1


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: a musical instrument resembling a small piano with no legs

Medical Definition


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

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