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 And when the Weirs try to center Lindsay and remind her to do what’s best for her, Harold’s (Joe Flaherty) story of losing his virginity to a prostitute in Korea just freaks her out. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, "Freaks and Geeks’ Relationship Status? It’s Complicated.," 11 Feb. 2021 Her friends begin meeting boys; her enduring virginity is commented upon. Lauren Oyler, Harpers Magazine, "Reality Under My Skin," 5 Jan. 2021 The logic makes sense: viewers are already invested in the lead's search for love, and contestants can come prepared with extensive knowledge about their new crush and uncomfortable jokes about windmills and virginity. Lydia Wang,, "This Is The Last Time The Bachelor Was New To The Franchise, Like Matt James," 22 Dec. 2020 Kaleb is putting extreme pressure on Jazmine to give up her virginity, but Calvin comes in and rains on their parade. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Wednesday: ‘Baby God’ on HBO," 2 Dec. 2020 As Beatlemania descends upon Anchorage and the band takes cover in a hotel, Jane devises a plan to lose her virginity to George Harrison, and a comic misadventure ensues. Tyler Aquilina,, "Ethan and Maya Hawke to star in Beatles-themed comedy Revolver, from director of Finding Nemo," 30 Oct. 2020 Camila Cabello has officially lost her short hair virginity (her words). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Camila Cabello Just Cut Her Hair Short for the First Time in Her Life," 23 Oct. 2020 As evidence of that, one of her apparent rules for the formula of her novels was that a character must lose her virginity. Sanderskristin, Longreads, "The Power of a Judith Krantz Sex Scene," 21 Oct. 2020 In another advance clip from the episode, published by ET Canada, Willis also recalled how pressure to lose her virginity put her in a situation where she was taken advantage of. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "'Red Table Talk' exclusive: Rumer Willis talks consent, getting body shamed by media at 14," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of virginity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Virginity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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