vir·​gin·​al | \ˈvər-jə-nᵊl, 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 , ˈvərj-​nə-​list \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for virginal

Synonyms: Adjective

chaste, clean, decent, G-rated, immaculate, modest, pure, vestal, virgin

Antonyms: Adjective

coarse, dirty, filthy, immodest, impure, indecent, obscene, smutty, unchaste, unclean, vulgar

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Examples of virginal in a Sentence


The land is still in its virginal state. one of the state's few remaining tracts of virginal prairie

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So, your hymen is not a good way to determine virginal status. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is a Hymen?," 4 Oct. 2018 The years have not been kind to what had impressed us as a virginal mountain Shangri La. Only the 32-mile-long lake a block from the main thoroughfare looked familiar. Si Liberman, San Antonio Express-News, "A sentimental journey to Montreal and Quebec City," 28 June 2018 By sticking our heads in the sand and saying Jefferson was this virginal God-like person who never did anything wrong, that’s just silly. Farah Stockman, New York Times, "‘She Was Part of This Family’: Jefferson Descendants Reflect on Sally Hemings Exhibit," 16 June 2018 Only this time the tutu is no longer virginal white but mermaid green. Rhonda Garelick, The Cut, "Carrie Bradshaw’s Tutu Paradox," 1 June 2018 Then, it was considered essential that a royal bride should be a (literally) virginal youth, and not much thought was given to the age gap of thirteen years between bride and groom. Daisy Goodwin, Time, "How Meghan Markle Is Giving the Royal Family the Shake-Up It Needs," 17 May 2018 That's when the Brothers Grimm first published their shadowy, too-menacing-for-children children’s story about a virginal beauty, a vindictive queen, and an autonomous reflection on the wall. Crista Leonard, Allure, "How the Smart Mirror Trend Is Changing the Beauty Industry," 8 May 2018 In a surprising turn of events, the Met Gala’s theme of Catholicism turned out to be quite robust, with celebrities transforming for the night into virginal saints, weeping Mary statues, and celestial maidens. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best (and Worst) Met Gala Beauty Looks," 7 May 2018 By her side was Ryan Phillippe’s Sebastian Valmont, who — responding to a bet from Kathryn — sets out to deflower the new headmaster’s virginal daughter Annette (Reese Witherspoon) before the start of term. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sarah Michelle Gellar Is Shocked to Find Out Cruel Intentions Has Been Listed as a Family Movie," 13 Feb. 2018

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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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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 \

Medical Definition of virginal 

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

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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