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

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of virgin in a Sentence

Noun a virgin in the world of comedy clubs, he's still learning to deal with hecklers Adjective virgin boys are sometimes unfairly teased the state's only remaining virgin forest
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is also some virgin down blended into the fill for a more cushiony feel. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Company Store Is Now Selling a Comforter That's Partially Made From Recycled Water Bottles," 22 Apr. 2021 Gu-Chang is a 30-year-old virgin who has never had a girlfriend and is down on his luck financially. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "14 Great Korean Romance Movies You Can Stream Right Now," 23 Feb. 2021 Organic virgin coconut oil has been touted for its many health benefits, but these claims are not always supported by research. Zachary Visconti,, "What are the health benefits of organic virgin coconut oil?," 14 Apr. 2021 There's recognition now that there are certain questions which are inappropriate to ask, including whether someone is a virgin – a question Spears, Simpson and other young teen stars repeatedly faced. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears documentary is still triggering '90s female celebs. Has anything changed?," 1 Apr. 2021 Remember when the most dramatic part of a Bachelor season was, like, a virgin jumping a fence in Portugal and running away from production? Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Rachel Lindsay Criticizes Rachael Kirkconnell’s ‘Vapid’ Instagram Attempts at Anti-Racism," 24 Feb. 2021 But she would still be expected to be an innocent virgin on her wedding night. Rosie Knight,, "7 Things Bridgerton Gets Spot On About Regency London," 11 Jan. 2021 Afterward, Berbrooke approaches Simon in an alley, talks a bunch of crap about his upbringing, and questions whether Daphne is really a virgin. Lia Beck,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Bridgerton Season 1," 28 Dec. 2020 The people of Joseph’s time were no more likely to credit the idea of a pregnant virgin than are people in our own times. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "His Father’s Business," 25 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The British rocker adds a finishing touch of extra virgin olive oil to the sauce and neatly adds a portion to a plate for serving. Alyssa Johnson,, "Watch Gavin Rossdale Cook a Tasty and 'Mindful' Dinner with Vegan Bolognese: This Dish 'Is the Future'," 4 May 2021 There was already a good body of research suggesting that extra virgin olive oil could help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Olive Oil May Be Even Healthier Than We Thought," 22 Apr. 2021 Enogastronomy: Montalcino is a town of five excellences: wine, extra virgin olive oil, white truffles, ancient grains and honey, and there are tours, tastings and wonderful eating experiences. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, "What To Know When You Next Travel To This Great Italian Wine Region," 15 Apr. 2021 Goop Detox Body Scrub contains the ultra-moisturizing essential oils of cold-pressed moringa, pure unfiltered rosehip and organic extra virgin olive oil. Sian Babish,, "Goop Detox review: How well does this body scrub exfoliate skin?," 9 Apr. 2021 Zoli’s cheese-only pie, the Spangler, with pecorino, parmesan, torn basil, and grassy-peppery extra virgin olive oil, is a star in the sky. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, "An Italian tour of Dallas: Lasagna, cannolis and Sunday Gravy from favorite family restaurants," 24 Dec. 2020 This sub from Grazie Grazie sandwich shop is packed with genoa salami, hot capicola, prosciutto, sharp provolone, extra virgin olive oil, red vinegar and house dressing. Los Angeles Times, "A michelada-spiced sausage and grasshopper ice cream. Here are the best new ballpark foods," 4 Apr. 2021 Her product line-up includes moisturizers from Mielle, extra virgin olive oil from Trader Joe's, and Haitian Castor Oil. Akili King, Vogue, "Model Stacey Louidor on How Exploring Hair Styles Has Built Her Confidence," 19 Mar. 2021 The city, known simply as the New Administrative Capital, is designed to operate with smart technology on virgin land away from the clutter and chaos of Cairo. Aidan Lewis And Mohamed Abdellah, The Christian Science Monitor, "Egypt's new high-tech capital: a path to better government?," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of virgin was in the 13th century

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5 May 2021

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“Virgin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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