I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French virgine, from Latin virgin-, virgo young woman, virgin Date: 13th century 1. a. an unmarried woman devoted to religion b. capitalized Virgo 2. a. an absolutely chaste young woman b. an unmarried girl or woman 3. capitalized Virgin Mary 4. a. a person who has not had sexual intercourse b. a person who is inexperienced in a usually specified sphere of activity <
a virgin in politics
5. a female animal that has never copulated II. adjective Date: 14th century 1. free of impurity or stain ; unsullied 2. chaste 3. characteristic of or befitting a virgin ; modest 4. fresh, unspoiled; specifically not altered by human activity <
a virgin forest
5. a. (1) being used or worked for the first time (2) of a metal produced directly from ore by primary smelting b. initial, first 6. of a vegetable oil obtained from the first light pressing and without heating 7. containing no alcohol <
a virgin daiquiri

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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