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

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virginally adverb


virginalist \ ˈvər-​jə-​nᵊl-​ist How to pronounce virginalist (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 The music ends, and here is Adriene, in virginal braids, sitting on a pillow in a T-shirt and leggings, petting her napping dog, Benji. Sandra Tsing Loh, The Atlantic, "The Mister Rogers of YouTube Yoga," 12 June 2020 The third persona, the Blonde, is a symbol, the pure and virginal creature of fairy tales and religious parables. Elaine Showalter, The New Yorker, "Joyce Carol Oates’s “Blonde” Is the Definitive Study of American Celebrity," 13 Apr. 2020 The brilliant red trail of blood stands out in remarkable contrast to the virginal, delicate white fabrics and blossoms surrounding her and Mr. Knightley. The Conversation, "Perfection comes at a price in latest adaptation of Austen’s ‘Emma’," 27 Mar. 2020 Lucy is a virginal valedictorian who confines her love of singing to performing in her bedroom with a hairbrush for a mic; Kit (Zoe Saldana), the popular one, is already engaged at 18 to a sophomore at UCLA. Anne Cohen,, "Crossroads Hinted At Britney Spears’ Future Problems — But We Didn’t Listen," 10 Mar. 2020 Wendy is jealous of Tiger Lily’s perceived seduction of Peter, a storyline that plays into an insidious trope of women of colour as temptresses, while white women are virginal and pure. Anne Cohen,, "Wendy Reveals A Dark Truth About The Peter Pan Story," 2 Mar. 2020 The expression emphasizes the paradox of being old and yet still virginal and unmarried. Amy Froide, The Conversation, "Spinster, old maid or self-partnered – why words for single women have changed through time," 2 Dec. 2019 Jörg Pohl’s Liliom is not a brawny brute, and Maja Schöne’s Julie is no virginal dope. New York Times, "20th-Century Rogues’ Gallery Gets a Modern Twist," 12 Sep. 2019 Robin Larsen directs this curious-sounding tale about a captive elephant and a virginal Sunday school teacher who takes a chance on love. Los Angeles Times, "The best theater to see in L.A. this fall," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Virginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of virginal

: having a young, pure, and innocent quality
: not changed from a natural or original condition


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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