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

  • n. The act of deflowering.
  • n. Rupture of the hymen, typically in sexual intercourse.

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  • n. the act of deflowering

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of deflouring.
  • n. That which is chosen as the flower or choicest part; careful culling or selection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of deflowering; the act of depriving of the flower.
  • n. A selection of the flower or most valuable part of anything.
  • n. The act of depriving of virginity; ravishment; rape.

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

  • n. an act that despoils the innocence or beauty of something
  • n. the act of depriving a woman of her virginity (especially by rupturing the hymen through sexual intercourse)


Middle English defloracioun, from Late Latin dēflōrātiō, dēflōrātiōn-, from dēflōrātus, past participle of dēflōrāre, to deflower; see deflower.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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