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  • n. A virginal, a musical instrument in the harpsichord family
  • n. Plural form of virginal.


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  • These were sometimes called virginals, and seem to have been used as practice pianos, where the noise of the full tone might have been objectionable.

    A Popular History of the Art of Music From the Earliest Times Until the Present

  • Prickle thee good sirloin, fanged studs and virginals into my earldom belt.

    Berkeley Stations

  • “I play the virginals,” Lord Parr confessed, after which he and my mother discussed the merits of that instrument for nearly a quarter of an hour, until Dorothy, with a series of wide but unconvincing yawns, prevailed upon him to escort her to the chamber she shared with several other former maids of honor.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • We had one just for music—Will played the virginals while I strummed my lute.

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • “She insists that all our children learn to play the lute and the virginals and the viol, too.”

    Secrets of the Tudor Court

  • And my lady, too, bringing forward her beetle-browed misses to skirl and play upon the virginals, as if she said, ‘Pick and choose.’

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • Philocolus exclaims in Aristenaetus, to hear a fair young gentlewoman play upon the virginals, lute, viol, and sing to it, which as Gellius observes, lib.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Looking into her eyes, he said he was sadly discontent, that he had been relishing the thought of her company, that he had envisioned quiet evenings where he would read to her as she embroidered or that she would play for him on the virginals and sing or they could play music together.

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • He sent FitzRoy into gales of laughter by confusing "press" a person to do something with "squeeze," as in "Can we not squeeze the young lady to play another tune on her virginals."

    This Scepter'd Isle

  • The singing girls signified their obedience, and forthwith they lightly clapped the castagnettes and gently thrummed the virginals.

    Hung Lou Meng


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