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

Examples of virginity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For his new interview with Bustle published on Tuesday (May 31), Charlie Puth was an open book, sharing his journey to finding his musical sound, the photos on his Raya dating profile and the story behind losing his virginity. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 31 May 2022 Zainab Husain, who works at the digital news organisation Soch, is one of the activists who has recently successfully petitioned the Lahore High Court to outlaw these virginity tests in rape examinations there. Sophia Smith Galer,, 11 Apr. 2022 Hymen surgery and virginity testing have been available in the US for years. Neda Taghinejadi, Wired, 13 Feb. 2022 The book argues that American society’s obsession with virginity hurts young women. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 Conversely, Shoshanna initially seemed the most obviously TV-ish, because any young adult character who announces their virginity is also inevitably announcing their first big character arc. Darren Franich,, 15 Apr. 2022 As well as the myths propagated around the hymen, tightness too has been associated with virginity since time immemorial. Sophia Smith Galer,, 13 Apr. 2022 Oftentimes, the discussion starts and ends with something about virginity. SELF, 25 Feb. 2022 One more time for the people in the back: The hymen does not equate to virginity! SELF, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of virginity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jun 2022

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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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