Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A membrane.
  • noun In Gr. mythology, the god of marriage, son of Bacchus and Aphrodite (Venus), or of Apollo and one of the Muses, in some legends originally a mortal youth, invoked in hymeneal songs for reasons variously given. Also called Hymenæus.
  • noun Hence Marriage; the wedded state.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) A fold of muscous membrane often found at the orifice of the vagina in virgins; the vaginal membrane. It is usually torn by sexual intercourse.
  • noun (Class Myth.) A fabulous deity; according to some, the son of Apollo and Urania, according to others, of Bacchus and Venus. He was the god of marriage, and presided over nuptial solemnities.
  • noun Marriage; union as if by marriage.

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  • noun anatomy A mucous membrane which completely or partially occludes the vaginal opening in human females.

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

  • noun (Greek mythology) the god of marriage
  • noun a fold of tissue that partly covers the entrance to the vagina of a virgin

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin hymēn, from Greek humēn, thin skin, membrane; see syū- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Ancient Greek ὑμήν (humēn, "skin, membrane").

Examples

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  • Twitter:

    "Lost my hymen in a friendly card game playing fish with my stepdad."

    MissBathory_

    January 11, 2013