Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who has not experienced sexual intercourse.
  • n. A chaste or unmarried woman; a maiden.
  • n. An unmarried woman who has taken religious vows of chastity.
  • n. The Virgin Mary.
  • n. Zoology A female insect or other arthropod that produces fertile eggs without copulating.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a virgin; chaste.
  • adj. Being in a pure or natural state; unsullied: virgin snow.
  • adj. Unused, uncultivated, or unexplored: virgin territory.
  • adj. Existing in native or raw form; not processed or refined.
  • adj. Happening for the first time; initial.
  • adj. Obtained directly from the first pressing: virgin olive oil.
  • adj. Zoology Producing fertile eggs without copulating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who has never had sexual intercourse, or sometimes, one who has never engaged in any sexual activity at all.
  • n. Preceded by a noun, a person who has never used or experienced what is denoted by the noun.
  • adj. In a state of virginity; chaste, not having had sexual intercourse.
  • adj. Of a physical object, untouched.
  • adj. Of olive oil, obtained by mechanical means, so that the oil is not altered.
  • adj. Of mixed drinks, not containing alcohol.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being a virgin; chaste; of or pertaining to a virgin; becoming a virgin; maidenly; modest; indicating modesty.
  • adj. Pure; undefiled; unmixed; fresh; new
  • adj. Not yet pregnant; impregnant.
  • n. A woman who has had no carnal knowledge of man; a maid.
  • n. A person of the male sex who has not known sexual indulgence.
  • n. See Virgo.
  • n. Any one of several species of gossamer-winged butterflies of the family Lycænidæ.
  • n. A female insect producing eggs from which young are hatched, though there has been no fecundation by a male; a parthenogenetic insect.
  • intransitive v. To act the virgin; to be or keep chaste; -- followed by it. See it, 5.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A woman who has had no carnal knowledge of man; a maiden of inviolate chastity; a pure maid.
  • n. A man who has preserved his chastity.
  • n. One who professes perpetual virginity; especially, in the early church, one of a class or order of women who were vowed to lifelong continence.
  • n. The state of virginity.
  • n. A parthenogenetic insect, as an aphid; a female insect which lays eggs which hatch, though there has been no fecundation for some generations by the male.
  • n. Any female animal which has not had young, or has not copulated.
  • n. [capitalized] The zodiacal sign or the constellation Virgo. See Virgo.
  • Of or pertaining to a maid or virgin; being a virgin; befitting a virgin; chaste; pure; maidenly; indicating modesty.
  • Unsullied; undefiled: as, virgin snow; virgin minds.
  • Untouched; not meddled with; unused; untried; fresh; new; unalloyed: as, virgin soil.
  • In zoology, parthenogenetic, as an insect; of or pertaining to parthenogenesis: as, virgin reproduction. See agamogenesis.
  • To play the virgin; be or continue chaste: sometimes with indefinite it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Virgo
  • n. a person who has never had sex
  • adj. in a state of sexual virginity
  • n. the sixth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about August 23 to September 22
  • adj. being used or worked for the first time

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French virgine, from Latin virgō, virgin-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French virgine, from Latin virginem (nominative: virgo). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The film stars Carell as the title virgin, who works at a large electronics store and is basically a loner.

    DVD Review: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (Blu-ray)

  • Foods: The term virgin evokes purity, cleanliness, white.

    O Antiphons

  • The word virgin was said about a thousand times, and every time she heard it, Celeste turned bright red.

    A-J

  • "Among mating animals, the term virgin is applied to the female who has not mated," he answered.

    Herland

  • The term virgin in its mystical sense signifies a soul pure from admixture of matter.

    Dreams and Dream Stories

  • The adoption of the term virgin was not a mistranslation: it was a judgment of the translators based on the texts which they had before them and the audience for which the translation was intended.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 2

  • But not only didn't Isaiah, as we have seen, use the word virgin, which all by itself refutes Matthew's virgin birth of Jesus, but the very context in which Isaiah was speaking absolutely precludes the notion of such a prophecy by Isaiah.

    Vincent Bugliosi: Why Do I Doubt Both The Atheists And The Theists?

  • They're followed by a man who hoots the word 'virgin' six times in a row and then leaves.

    The X Factor USA – liveblog

  • It's definitely non-traditional, but the peppery sheen of a good middle eastern extra virgin is a nice replacement for lard or suet.

    Part two | Homesick Texan

  • Now the original Hebrew doesn't have the word virgin, it's just a young woman, but that's the prophecy that's quoted from the Old Testament in support of the story which is, in any case, about a birth without a human father, so it's not that it rests on mistranslation; St Matthew's gone to his Greek version of the bible and said "Oh, 'virgin'; sounds like the story I know," and put it in.

    Excerpt of Interview on the Nativity with Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 5 live

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  • Wow. That's some free associating there, Treeseed! :-)

    February 17, 2008

  • Thinking of feta cheese made me think of Fatima and then Our Lady of Fatima and then The Blessed Virgin and hence...virgin. See Free Associate

    February 16, 2008