vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce virgin (audio) \

Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a person who has not had sexual intercourse
b : a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity
2a : an unmarried woman devoted to religion
b capitalized : virgo
3a : an absolutely chaste young woman
b : an unmarried girl or woman
4 capitalized : virgin mary
5 : a female animal that has never copulated



Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : chaste
2 : fresh, unspoiled specifically : not altered by human activity a virgin forest
3 of a vegetable oil : obtained from the first light pressing and without heating
4a(1) : being used or worked for the first time virgin lumber — see also virgin wool
(2) of a metal : produced directly from ore by primary smelting
b : initial, first
5 : containing no alcohol a virgin daiquiri
6 : free of impurity or stain : unsullied
7 : characteristic of or befitting a virgin : modest


geographical name
Vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce Virgin (audio) \

Definition of Virgin (Entry 3 of 3)

river 200 miles (322 kilometers) long in southwestern Utah and southeastern Nevada flowing to Lake Mead

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Synonyms & Antonyms for virgin

Synonyms: Noun

abecedarian, apprentice, babe, beginner, colt, cub, fledgling, freshman, greenhorn, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, novice, novitiate, punk, recruit, rook, rookie, tenderfoot, tyro

Synonyms: Adjective

maiden, virginal

Antonyms: Noun

old hand, old-timer, vet, veteran

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of virgin in a Sentence


a virgin in the world of comedy clubs, he's still learning to deal with hecklers


virgin boys are sometimes unfairly teased the state's only remaining virgin forest
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Smooth chickpeas with tahini, garlic and fresh lemon juice are topped generously with extra-virgin olive oil, sumac and a cucumber salad. Louisa Chu,, "10 hummus dishes to eat now in Chicago, ranked, one with fried chicken cracklings," 22 Aug. 2019 The sauce consists of just tomatoes (two kinds), extra-virgin olive oil, red onion, garlic and salt and pepper. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We challenged local chefs to create 6-ingredient tomato recipes. Here's what they came up with.," 20 Aug. 2019 Toss with extra-virgin olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "In Praise of the Morning Cocktail," 25 June 2019 Guests pick a base, like cauliflower rice with organic crimini mushroom, sweet onion, celery, garlic, organic extra-virgin olive oil, green onion, sea salt and pepper. Grace Wong,, "Dirty Root brings customizable, nutrient-dense bowls to West Loop, plus more restaurant news," 21 June 2019 Mix magical potions into delicious cocktails, both virgin and not, in the Elixir Laboratory., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 23 June 2019 At the very same party, Kat (Barbie Ferreira) decides to lose her virginity on a whim to a stranger, all because her friends chided her for being a 16-year-old virgin. Kaitlin Reilly,, "The Euphoria Sex Scenes Are The Show's Biggest Problem," 15 June 2019 There are certain things that cannot be adequately explained to a virgin either by words or pictures. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "What Yogi Berra Would Have Said About This Bull Market," 14 June 2019 Dress simply with lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Martha Holmberg, Washington Post, "How to push fresh herbs beyond the garnish: Use with abundance and abandon," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Finish by very slowly whisking in the extra virgin olive oil, until completely emulsified. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lobster Fest indulges shellfish lovers for 3 days, while local restaurants feed the craving all year," 7 Aug. 2019 Searching for Water The idea is to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyze crust samples for signs of water and helium-3. Saritha Rai / Bloomberg, Time, "India Plans to Launch Moon Mission in July," 12 June 2019 But even if Johnson's upcoming trilogy or the new animated series Star Wars: Resistance explores virgin territory, the next creators will be beholden to that galactic history. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "Solo: A Star Wars Story," 29 May 2018 And a week in the life of an officiating crew was virgin territory., "Peter King’s Favorite Stories, from SI and The MMQB," 28 May 2018 Also include anti-inflammatory, satiety-inducing fats that are good for circulation, like avocado and avocado oil; extra virgin olive oil and olives; nuts; seeds; and nut/seed butters. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "The Zero Carb Diet May Be a Simple Way to Lose Weight—But Is It Safe?," 8 July 2019 PepsiCo says that all of the changes will eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of virgin plastic and about 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "PepsiCo Continues Its Push Away from Plastic Bottles to Address Environmental Concerns," 27 June 2019 This launch is in line with Everlane's mission to remove all virgin plastic from its supply chain by 2021. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Everlane's First-Ever Unisex Sneakers Are Eco-Friendly and Under $100," 18 Apr. 2019 Sixty million olive trees are found in the Jaén province, making it the largest producer of extra virgin olive oil in the country. Susan B. Barnes, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andalucía By Bike: A Cycling Adventure Through Spain’s Olive Oil Region," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of virgin


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

History and Etymology for virgin


Middle English, from Anglo-French virgine, from Latin virgin-, virgo young woman, virgin

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English Language Learners Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has not had sexual intercourse
: a person who does not have experience in a particular activity, job, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: never having had sexual intercourse
: not changed from a natural or original condition : not affected by human activity
of olive oil : obtained from the first light pressing of olives


vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce virgin (audio) \

Kids Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who has not had sexual intercourse



Kids Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: not yet disturbed or changed by human activity virgin forests


vir·​gin | \ ˈvər-jən How to pronounce virgin (audio) \

Medical Definition of virgin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one who has not had sexual intercourse



Medical Definition of virgin (Entry 2 of 2)

: not affected or altered by previous use or exposure (as to an antigen) : naive virgin B cells

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