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 virginalist (audio) , ˈvərj-​nə-​list \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for virginal

Synonyms: Adjective

brand-new, fresh, mint, pristine, span-new, virgin

Antonyms: Adjective


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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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Centered between the virginal chalice on the one hand and the voluptuous citrons on the other, the dark, bottomless, pucker invites what is sometimes known as the male gaze. Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times, "The oranges that enraptured a millionaire," 18 July 2019 The innocent, virginal fashion for upstanding frilly collars had a lovely moment in a white chiffon tiered dress with a row of black velvet ribbons. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 10 Shows of London Fashion Week Fall 2019," 20 Feb. 2019 Isabella Blow is there; McQueen’s mother, Joyce; Philip Treacy; his closest people, as swept up as everyone else in watching Harlow’s virginal dress becoming a piece of graffiti action art. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Remembering the Potent Performance Art of Alexander McQueen’s Collection No. 13—20 Years Later," 14 Sep. 2018 The film’s highly stylized aesthetic was inspired by the color scheme of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), which Argento also drew on for its mythic tone and its presentation of a young, virginal heroine surrounded by evil. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce virginal (audio) \

Medical Definition of virginal

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

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