vir·​gin·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)vər-ˈji-nə-tē How to pronounce virginity (audio) \
plural virginities

Definition of virginity

1 : the quality or state of being virgin especially : maidenhood
2 : the unmarried life : celibacy

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But despite all the hype, Colton has maintained that his virginity is really not a big deal. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "The Bachelor's Focus on Colton Underwood's Virginity Shows a Bigger Problem," 8 Jan. 2019 Colton kicks it off by talking about his virginity. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 2 Recap: Is Demi This Season's Villain?," 14 Jan. 2019 First things first: there is no right or wrong age to lose your virginity. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "This Is the Average Age Teens Are Losing Their Virginity," 29 Oct. 2018 If anyone knows a thing or two about talking about their virginity on national television, it’s Ashley Iaconetti. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Ashley Iaconetti Sympathizes with The Bachelorette's Colton Underwood Over Virginity Reveal," 10 July 2018 And for Colton Underwood, who heads up Season 23, the big storyline is—drumroll—his virginity. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "All the Times They Say 'Virgin' on The Bachelor This Season," 7 Jan. 2019 But is there actually a right way to lose your virginity? Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Is There a “Right” Way to Lose Your Virginity?," 19 Oct. 2018 Not until now – the first time – when you're invited to lose your PM room 'virginity' and witness the act in all its technicolour glory. Good Housekeeping, "This Is What It's Really Like Being a Mortician," 26 June 2017 But McCarthy is after more than sizzle in her detailed scenes of women losing their virginity or getting fitted for contraceptive devices. Megan Abbott, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Abbott on Novels About Female Friendship," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of virginity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of virginity

: the state of never having had sexual intercourse : the state of being a virgin


vir·​gin·​i·​ty | \ (ˌ)vər-ˈjin-ət-ē How to pronounce virginity (audio) \
plural virginities

Medical Definition of virginity

: the quality or state of being a virgin

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an act or instance of returning to life

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