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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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 Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena star as parents who try to stop their daughters from losing their virginity on prom night. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, "Week in entertainment: Seinfeld returns to Netflix, 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' out in theaters," 30 June 2018 And then there's the grueling one minute and 50 seconds where the audience watches Bill take Jenny's virginity., "How Do You Direct A Child In A Movie About Sexual Abuse?," 24 May 2018 Joel Madden The Good Charlotte member dated Lizzie McGuire, aka Hilary Duff, and apparently took her virginity. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "15 Celebs You Didn’t Know Dated Disney Channel Stars," 26 Jan. 2018 An innocent meeting with a male classmate occasions a march to the gynecologist to affirm her virginity, and Melody’s fractured family is pronounced too shameful to be associated with. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Ava,’ a Tehran Teenager Fights Oppression," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of virginity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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lose one's 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


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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evasion of direct action or statement

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