vir·​gin·​i·​ty | \(ˌ)vər-ˈji-nə-tē \
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 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 Films Sleeping with Other People: In this rom-com, Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis play two people who, after losing their virginities to each other in college, reconnect and attempt to be friends without benefits. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Consent and Treating People Decently 101: A Pop Culture Syllabus," 31 May 2018 In Blockers, that concept is taken to a logical (and, on paper, frightening-sounding) extreme: These three parents discover that their daughters are plotting to lose their virginities on prom night, and resolve to stop them. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Blockers Is an R-Rated Prom-Night Comedy With Heart," 6 Apr. 2018 In Blockers, Cena plays a dad named Mitchell who teams up with other parents to stop their high schoolers from losing their virginities on prom night. Kara Warner,, "John Cena Says Playing a Parent 'Certainly Changed' His Perspective on Being a Dad," 5 Apr. 2018 Jaime even planned to lose her virginity at prom, which was foiled when her date got sick from drinking too much coffee. Marie Lodi, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Ally Hilfiger’s Burrito Breakdown on Rich Girls," 18 June 2018 Image The Virgin Mary, and physical virginity, are largely absent from Sotelo’s debut. Daisy Fried, New York Times, "Sex, Death, Suffering and Surrealism, in New Books of Poetry," 6 July 2018 Evangelist Jerry Falwell, in particular, was not amused when Flynt published a satirical interview suggesting the preacher lost his virginity to his mother. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Read more from this Project," 13 July 2018 Colton Underwood is opening up about the difficult decision to discuss his virginity on national television. Jodi Guglielmi,, "The Bachelorette's Colton Underwood on His Virginity: 'I Considered It a Gift and a Curse'," 10 July 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 \
plural virginities

Medical Definition of virginity 

: the quality or state of being a virgin

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