Adjective "virginal" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Being, relating to, or appropriate for a virgin.
  1. 'In fact when we first meet her she seems quite virginal.'
  2. 'White pups on white snow are seen as symbols of virginal nature, threatened by a hunter with upraised club.'
  3. 'Both Diana and Jemima married at a young, impressionable age to men who decided their brides ‘fitted the bill’ as virginal sweet young things.'
  4. 'Ornamental umbels are represented by the delicately virginal Queen Anne's lace, which can grow to monstrous proportions if supported among other plants in the flower border and makes a surprisingly good cut flower.'
  5. 'Hospitals may have a certain erotic frisson, but romance novelists just love an exotic location, preferably some desert land ruled by a dusky tyrant who can give the virginal heroine a rough ride on his camel.'
  6. 'As for me, spinsters have no need for virginal innocence.'
  7. 'No need to shield your virginal eyes, the nude figures have been laboriously obscured.'
  8. 'He peels the spuds, digs the garden and with a virginal innocence shifts his affections from the daughter to the mother; yet he is also quietly scathing about the journeyman daubs of his fellow lodger.'
  9. 'On this occasion relays of patriotic maidens in virginal white paraded reverently before a temple of philosophy erected where the high altar had stood.'
  10. 'Dressed in virginal white, eight young girls executed endless parans and moved fluidly across the stage in a piece titled Nritta, or pure dance.'


An early spinet with the strings parallel to the keyboard, typically rectangular, and popular in 16th and 17th century houses.
  1. 'The Musical Director tried out some tunes on the virginals but none of them was up to much until they came to this one.'
  2. 'The pieces in Musicks Hand-maide are transcriptions of such music, played here on the virginals.'


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. Zoology. not fertilized.

More examples(as adjective)

"conceptions can be virginal."

"whites can be virginal."

"youths can be virginal."

"marriages can be virginal."

"vanguards can be virginal."

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(virginal)Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin virginalis, from virgo ‘young woman’. The musical instrument is perhaps so called because it was usually played by young women.