pair of virginals
Date: 1542 virginal

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  • pair of virginals — noun a legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries • Syn: ↑virginal • Hypernyms: ↑harpsichord, ↑cembalo …   Useful english dictionary

  • Virginals — Virginal redirects here. For other uses, see Virginal (disambiguation). Virginals Flemish virginals (Paris, Musée de la Musique). Note the inset keyboard placed left of centre. Classification Keyboard instrument Playing rang …   Wikipedia

  • pairof virginals — pair of virginals n. See virginal2. * * * …   Universalium

  • virginal — virginal1 virginally, adv. /verr jeuh nl/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin: virginal purity. 2. continuing in a state of virginity. 3. pure; unsullied; untouched: a virginal mountain stream. 4. Zool. not… …   Universalium

  • virginal — I. /ˈvɜdʒənəl / (say verjuhnuhl) adjective 1. of, relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin. 2. continuing in a state of virginity. 3. pure or unsullied; untouched; fresh. 4. Zoology unfertilised. {Latin virginālis maidenly}… …   Australian English dictionary

  • virginal — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a virgin or virginity; especially pure, chaste < a virginal young girl > 2. pristine, unsullied < a virginal snowfall > • virginally adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • virginal — virginal1 [vʉr′jə nəl] adj. [OFr < L virginalis] 1. of, characteristic of, or proper to a virgin; maidenly 2. remaining in a state of virginity 3. pure; fresh; untouched; unsullied 4. Zool. not fertilized virginal2 [vʉr′jə nəl] n …   English World dictionary

  • virginal — adj. & n. adj. that is or befits or belongs to a virgin. n. (usu. in pl.) (in full pair of virginals) an early form of spinet in a box, used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Derivatives: virginalist n. virginally adv. Etymology: ME f.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • upright — Synonyms and related words: Christian, Klavier, Samson post, Steinway, angelic, arrowlike, at attention, azimuth circle, baby grand, baluster, balustrade, banister, base, blameless, bolt upright, caryatid, cast up, cembalo, clarichord,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • Virginal — Vir gin*al, n. [Cf. F. virginale; probably so called from being used by young girls, or virgins.] (Mus.) An instrument somewhat resembling the spinet, but having a rectangular form, like the small piano. It had strings and keys, but only one wire …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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