virginity

noun

vir·​gin·​i·​ty (ˌ)vər-ˈji-nə-tē How to pronounce virginity (audio)
plural virginities
1
: the quality or state of being virgin
especially : maidenhood
2
: the unmarried life : celibacy

Examples of virginity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As part of the film’s satire of/homage to ’80s teen comedies, Lisa is focused on losing her virginity to the right guy. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 Tara is feeling pressured to lose her virginity, largely by Skye, whose qualities as a friend quickly come into question. TIME, 2 Feb. 2024 The 1999 coming-of-age comedy depicts a group of teens on a mission to lose their virginity before graduation. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2024 Sometimes their seemingly offhand conversations will pivot on an unexpectedly raw revelation, such as Ji-soo’s candid account of her loss of virginity, or Jang-soo’s apology to Sang-won for loving her cat more than anybody in her life, even her friend. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 11 Oct. 2023 When the right man comes along, what a gift to him her virginity will be! — Mary in Wisconsin Mary: A person’s virginity is NOT a gift to be offered to another person. Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2023 She is also accused of broadcasting a dancer's virginity in the workplace, as well as in interviews and social media. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 1 Aug. 2023 Alongside other pop stars of the time like Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, Britney found that her virginity became a national topic of discussion. Ilana Kaplan, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Priscilla also described how Elvis would pick her clothing and was highly focused on her virginity and purity as a young girl. Olivia Evans, Women's Health, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of virginity was in the 14th century

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“Virginity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virginity. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

virginity

noun
vir·​gin·​i·​ty (ˌ)vər-ˈjin-ət-ē How to pronounce virginity (audio)
plural virginities
: the quality or state of being virgin

Medical Definition

virginity

noun
vir·​gin·​i·​ty (ˌ)vər-ˈjin-ət-ē How to pronounce virginity (audio)
plural virginities
: the quality or state of being a virgin
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