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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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 Lydia’s castoff, to the mutual delight of the nervous bride-to-be and her virginal fiance, Dandu. Washington Post, 3 May 2021 Before having her first litter, a virginal rat doesn’t enjoy the presence of pesky rat babies in the slightest. Dina Litovsky, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Apr. 2021 Few seemed willing to forgive her for being a spoiled, non-virginal nymphet. Stacy Schiff, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2021 The goal is to secure virginal brides rather than to seek new converts to Islam. Fox News, 29 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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,, 10 Mar. 2020

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

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7 May 2021

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

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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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