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virginal

adjective vir·gin·al \ ˈvər-jə-nᵊl , ˈvərj-nəl \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of virginal

1 :of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity; especially :pure, chaste
  • a virginal young girl
2 :pristine, unsullied
  • a virginal snowfall

virginally

adverb

Examples of virginal in a Sentence

  1. The land is still in its virginal state.

  2. one of the state's few remaining tracts of virginal prairie

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First Known Use of virginal

15th century


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virginal

noun

Definition of virginal

: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

virginalist

play \ˈvər-jə-nᵊl-ist, ˈvərj-nə-list\ noun

Origin and Etymology of virginal

probably from Latin virginalis of a virgin, from virgin-, virgo


VIRGINAL Defined for English Language Learners

virginal

adjective

Definition of virginal for English Language Learners

  • : having a young, pure, and innocent quality

  • : not changed from a natural or original condition


Medical Dictionary

virginal

adjective 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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