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virginal2

[vur-juh-nl] /ˈvɜr dʒə nl/
noun
1.
Often, virginals. a rectangular harpsichord with the strings stretched parallel to the keyboard, the earlier types placed on a table: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; apparently special use of virginal1
Related forms
virginalist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for virginalist

virginal1

/ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, characterized by, proper to, or maintaining a state of virginity; chaste
2.
extremely pure or fresh; untouched; undefiled
Derived Forms
virginally, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin virginālis maidenly, from virgō virgin

virginal2

/ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl/
noun
1.
(often pl) a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
Derived Forms
virginalist, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Latin virginālisvirginal1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies
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Word Origin and History for virginalist

virginal

adj.

early 15c., from Old French virginal or directly from Latin virginalis, from virgin (see virgin). The keyed musical instrument so called from 1520s, but the reason is obscure (see virginals).

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