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virgin

[vur-jin] /ˈvɜr dʒɪn/
noun
1.
a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2.
an unmarried girl or woman.
3.
Ecclesiastical. an unmarried, religious woman, especially a saint.
4.
the Virgin, Mary, the mother of Christ.
5.
Informal. any person who is uninitiated, uninformed, or the like:
He's still a virgin as far as hard work is concerned.
6.
a female animal that has never copulated.
7.
an unfertilized insect.
8.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign of Virgo.
adjective
9.
being a virgin:
a virgin martyr.
10.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a virgin:
virgin modesty.
11.
pure; unsullied; undefiled:
virgin snow.
12.
first:
the senator's virgin speech.
13.
without admixture, alloy, or modification:
virgin gold.
14.
not previously exploited, cultivated, tapped, or used:
virgin timberlands; virgin wool.
15.
without experience of; not previously exposed to:
a mind virgin to such sorrows.
16.
Informal. being a mixed drink resembling a specific cocktail but made without any alcoholic ingredient:
a virgin piña colada.
17.
Zoology. not fertilized.
18.
(of a metal) made directly from ore by smelting, rather than from scrap.
19.
noting the oil obtained, as from olives, by the first pressing without the application of heat.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English virgine < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin virgin-, stem of virgō maiden, virgin
Related forms
unvirgin, adjective
Synonyms
2. maid, maiden. 11. chaste, unpolluted. 13. unalloyed, unadulterated. 14. fresh, new.
Antonyms
11. defiled. 13. mixed, adulterated.
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British Dictionary definitions for virgins

virgin

/ˈvɜːdʒɪn/
noun
1.
a person, esp a woman, who has never had sexual intercourse
2.
an unmarried woman who has taken a religious vow of chastity in order to dedicate herself totally to God
3.
any female animal that has never mated
4.
a female insect that produces offspring by parthenogenesis
5.
a person who is new to or inexperienced in a specified field a political virgin
adjective (usually prenominal)
6.
of, relating to, resembling, suitable for, or characteristic of a virgin or virgins; chaste
7.
pure and natural, uncorrupted, unsullied, or untouched virgin purity
8.
not yet cultivated, explored, exploited, etc, by man virgin territories
9.
being the first or happening for the first time
10.
(of vegetable oils) obtained directly by the first pressing of fruits, leaves, or seeds of plants without applying heat
11.
(of a metal) made from an ore rather than from scrap
12.
occurring naturally in a pure and uncombined form virgin silver
13.
(physics) (of a neutron) not having experienced a collision
Word Origin
C13: from Old French virgine, from Latin virgō virgin

Virgin1

/ˈvɜːdʒɪn/
noun
1.
the Virgin, See Virgin Mary
2.
a statue or other artistic representation of the Virgin Mary

Virgin2

/ˈvɜːdʒɪn/
noun
1.
the Virgin, the constellation Virgo, the sixth sign of the zodiac
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Word Origin and History for virgins

virgin

n.

c.1200, "unmarried or chaste woman noted for religious piety and having a position of reverence in the Church," from Old French virgine, from Latin virginem (nominative virgo) "maiden, unwedded girl or woman," also an adj., "fresh, unused," probably related to virga "young shoot." For sense evolution, cf. Greek talis "a marriageable girl," cognate with Latin talea "rod, stick, bar." Meaning "young woman in a state of inviolate chastity" is recorded from c.1300. Also applied since early 14c. to a chaste man. Meaning "naive or inexperienced person" is attested from 1953. The adj. is recorded from 1550s in the literal sense; figurative sense of "pure, untainted" is attested from c.1300.

Distraught pretty girl: "I've lost my virginity!"
Benny Hill: "Do you still have the box it came in?"

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virgins in Medicine

virgin vir·gin (vûr'jĭn)
n.
A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.


vir'gin·al (-jə-nəl) adj.
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virgins in the Bible

In a prophecy concerning our Lord, Isaiah (7:14) says, "A virgin [R.V. marg., 'the virgin'] shall conceive, and bear a son" (comp. Luke 1:31-35). The people of the land of Zidon are thus referred to by Isaiah (23:12), "O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon;" and of the people of Israel, Jeremiah (18:13) says, "The virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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