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ves·tal

 (vĕs′təl)
adj.
1.
a. Roman Mythology Of or relating to Vesta.
b. Relating to or characteristic of the vestal virgins.
2. Chaste; pure.
n.
1. A vestal virgin.
2. A woman who is a virgin.
3. A nun.

vestal

(ˈvɛstəl)
adj
1. chaste or pure; virginal
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to the Roman goddess Vesta
n
3. a chaste woman; virgin
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a rare word for nun11

ves•tal

(ˈvɛs tl)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the goddess Vesta.
2. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a vestal virgin; chaste.
n.
4. a chaste unmarried woman; virgin.
[1400–50; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vestal - a chaste womanvestal - a chaste woman      
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
Adj.1.vestal - of or relating to Vestavestal - of or relating to Vesta; "vestal virgin"
2.vestal - in a state of sexual virginityvestal - in a state of sexual virginity; "pure and vestal modesty"; "a spinster or virgin lady"; "men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"
chaste - morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse); "a holy woman innocent and chaste"
Translations

vestal

[ˈvestl]
A. ADJvestal
vestal virginvestal f
B. Nvestal f

vestal

adjvestalisch; vestal virginVestalin f, → vestalische Jungfrau
nVestalin f
References in classic literature ?
"So we live without making anything, as though we were ancient vestals set to keep in a fire."
She was the most hospitable and jovial of old vestals, and had been a beauty in her day, she said.
This operation appeared to me to be the most laborious species of work performed in Typee; and had I possessed a sufficient intimacy with the language to have conveyed my ideas upon the subject, I should certainly have suggested to the most influential of the natives the expediency of establishing a college of vestals to be centrally located in the valley, for the purpose of keeping alive the indispensable article of fire; so as to supersede the necessity of such a vast outlay of strength and good temper, as were usually squandered on these occasions.
He would not say whether or not she had attached herself to the sound Low Church School of his father; but she would probably be open to conviction on that point; she was a regular church-goer of simple faith; honest-hearted, receptive, intelligent, graceful to a degree, chaste as a vestal, and, in personal appearance, exceptionally beautiful.
Though Jones had no reason to imagine the lady to have been of the vestal kind when his amour began; yet, as he was thoroughly ignorant of the town, and had very little acquaintance in it, he had no knowledge of that character which is vulgarly called a demirep; that is to say, a woman who intrigues with every man she likes, under the name and appearance of virtue; and who, though some over-nice ladies will not be seen with her, is visited (as they term it) by the whole town, in short, whom everybody knows to be what nobody calls her.
Love should be the vestal fire of some mighty temple--some vast dim fane whose organ music is the rolling of the spheres.
What had been the counter or "bar" of the saloon, gorgeous in white and gold, now sawn in two and divided, was set up on opposite sides of the room as separate dressing-tables, decorated with huge bunches of azaleas, that hid the rough earthenware bowls, and gave each table the appearance of a vestal altar.
And then perhaps he remembered the soothing fact for he allowed a gleam to light up his eyes, like the reflection of some inward fire tended in the sanctuary of his heart by a devotion as pure as that of any vestal.
Franz had remained for nearly a quarter of an hour perfectly hidden by the shadow of the vast column at whose base he had found a resting-place, and from whence his eyes followed the motions of Albert and his guides, who, holding torches in their hands, had emerged from a vomitarium at the opposite extremity of the Colosseum, and then again disappeared down the steps conducting to the seats reserved for the Vestal virgins, resembling, as they glided along, some restless shades following the flickering glare of so many ignes-fatui.
The legend itself emerged from two different sources: the mythic tradition of trapped ships, which were common throughout the shallow waters of the Mediterranean coast, and the tradition of Vestals' trials of virtue, a tradition firmly rooted in the Roman religious mythos.
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The Vestals entered the ownership picture in January 1996 in a transfer of land valued at $1,500.