vestal virgin

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vestal virgin

or Vestal Virgin
n. Roman Mythology
One of the priestesses who tended the sacred fire in the temple of Vesta in ancient Rome and remained celibate during their servitude.
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vestal virgin

n
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Rome) one of the four, later six, virgin priestesses whose lives were dedicated to Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
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ves′tal vir′gin


n.
(in ancient Rome) any of the women, pledged to remain virgins, who tended the sacred fire in Vesta's sanctuary.
[1400–50]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vestal virgin - (Roman mythology) one of the virgin priestesses consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her templevestal virgin - (Roman mythology) one of the virgin priestesses consecrated to the Roman goddess Vesta and to maintaining the sacred fire in her temple
Roman mythology - the mythology of the ancient Romans
Rea Silvia, Rhea Silvia - (Roman mythology) a vestal virgin who became the mother by Mars of the twins Romulus and Remus
votary - a priest or priestess (or consecrated worshipper) in a non-Christian religion or cult; "a votary of Aphrodite"
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Vestalin