virgin


virgin
/verr"jin/, n.
1. a person who has never had sexual intercourse.
2. an unmarried girl or woman.
3. Eccles. an unmarried, religious woman, esp. 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. (cap.) Astron., Astrol. the constellation or sign of Virgo.
adj.
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. Zool. 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.
[1150-1200; ME virgine < AF, OF < L virgin-, s. of virgo maiden, virgin]
Syn. 2. maid, maiden. 11. chaste, unpolluted. 13. unalloyed, unadulterated. 14. fresh, new.
Ant. 11. defiled. 13. mixed, adulterated.

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