virginity

noun
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 decades, hit movies from American Pie to Superbad have centered on horny heterosexual teenage boys with hopes of losing their virginity. Naina Bajekal, Time, "'Brits Are Notoriously Prudish.' On Set With the Cast of Netflix's Sex Education," 16 Jan. 2020 Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell learn that their teenage daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 This concept that a loss of virginity is a personal affront to the patriarch of the family. Washington Post, "Why do so many dads think it’s their duty to monitor their daughters’ virginity?," 7 Nov. 2019 May is quickly dispossessed of her virginity — the bloody sheet hung in the courtyard for all to see — and quickly becomes pregnant. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "A beguiling and hermetic world in ‘The Third Wife’," 3 July 2019 Last year, the World Health Organization declared virginity testing unethical and recommended it should be banned. New York Times, "After the Rapper T.I.’s Remarks, N.Y. May Ban ‘Virginity Tests’," 3 Dec. 2019 Lisa, Hunter and Mitchell learn that their teenage daughters plan to lose their virginity on prom night. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 According to Ware's complaint, she was specifically told by two team coaches in an annual work review not to discuss her virginity. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Redskins Cheerleaders Say They Were Required to Pose Topless and Escort Sponsors to Club In Costa Rica: Report," 2 May 2018 Four teenagers nearing graduation make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of virginity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Virginity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/virginity. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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virginity

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English Language Learners Definition of virginity

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

virginity

noun
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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