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

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 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 Danica intuits her virginal status and imprisons her in preparation for the upcoming impregnation ritual. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Satanic Panic': Film Review," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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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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19 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Virginal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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