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vir·gin·al 1

 (vûr′jə-nəl)
adj.
1. Relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin.
2. Untouched or unsullied; fresh: virginal morning snow.
3. Inexperienced: "This publisher on the phone ... knows you're virginal in matters contractual" (Richard Curtis).
4. Zoology Virgin.

vir′gin·al·ly adv.

vir·gin·al 2

 (vûr′jə-nəl)
n. often virginals
A small, legless rectangular harpsichord popular in the 1500s and 1600s. Also called pair of virginals.

[From virgin (perhaps from its being associated with female performers).]

virginal

(ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl)
adj
1. of, relating to, characterized by, proper to, or maintaining a state of virginity; chaste
2. extremely pure or fresh; untouched; undefiled
[C15: from Latin virginālis maidenly, from virgō virgin]
ˈvirginally adv

virginal

(ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl)
n
(Instruments) (often plural) a smaller version of the harpsichord, but oblong in shape, having one manual and no pedals
[C16: probably from Latin virginālis virginal1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies]
ˈvirginalist n

vir•gin•al1

(ˈvɜr dʒə nl)

adj.
1. pertaining to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin.
2. continuing in a state of virginity.
3. pure; unsullied.
4. Zool. not fertilized.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]
vir′gin•al•ly, adv.

vir•gin•al2

(ˈvɜr dʒə nl)

n.
Often, virginals. a rectangular harpsichord with the strings stretched parallel to the keyboard, the earlier types placed on a table: popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.
[1520–30; appar. identical with virginal1]
vir′gin•al•ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.virginal - a legless rectangular harpsichordvirginal - a legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries
cembalo, harpsichord - a clavier with strings that are plucked by plectra mounted on pivots
Adj.1.virginal - characteristic of a virgin or virginityvirginal - characteristic of a virgin or virginity; "virginal white dresses"
2.virginal - untouched or undefiledvirginal - untouched or undefiled; "nor is there anything more virginal than the shimmer of young foliage"- L.P.Smith
pure - free of extraneous elements of any kind; "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"
3.virginal - in a state of sexual virginityvirginal - 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"

virginal

adjective
1. chaste, pure, maidenly, virgin, immaculate, celibate, uncorrupted, undefiled She had always been a child in his mind, pure and virginal.
2. immaculate, fresh, pristine, white, pure, untouched, snowy, undisturbed, spotless linen tablecloths of virginal white

virginal

adjective
1. Morally beyond reproach, especially in sexual conduct:
Translations
عُذْري
panenský
jomfruelig
szûzi
panenský
bakireye ait

virginal

[ˈvɜːdʒɪnl]
A. ADJvirginal
B. N the virginal (also the virginals) (Mus) → la espineta

virginal

adj
jungfräulich; dressed in virginal whitein jungfräuliches Weiß gekleidet
(form, = unused) → jungfräulich
pl (Mus) → Tafelklavier nt

virginal

[ˈvɜːdʒɪnəl]
1. adj
a. (chaste) → verginale
b. (pristine) → immacolato/a
2. n (Mus) → spinetta

virgin

(ˈvəːdʒin) noun
a person, especially a woman, who has had no sexual intercourse. She was still a virgin when she married.
ˈvirginal adjective
of a virgin. Her face had a virginal look.
virˈginity noun
the state of being a virgin.
References in classic literature ?
In her voice there was a virginal freshness, an unconsciousness of her own powers, and an as yet untrained velvety softness, which so mingled with her lack of art in singing that it seemed as if nothing in that voice could be altered without spoiling it.
Gilbert had a sudden vision of Anne, arrayed in a frilly green gown, with the virginal curves of arms and throat slipping out of it, and white stars shining against the coils of her ruddy hair.
With a kind of religious fervor he had managed to go through the pitfalls of his youth and to remain virginal until after his marriage.
What a fresh and virginal daughter of Nature that milkmaid is
As he watched her now in profile, her mouth slightly open and that delicate flush on her cheeks, he thought she looked strangely virginal.
It was his day of days, his love-time and his mating-time, and all crowned by this virginal possession of a mate who had said "Oh, Elam," as she had said it, and looked at him out of her soul as she had looked.
Rugged and kind as himself, it was virginal almost, and betrayed no long practice in the art of saying good-bye.
He took unfailing note of every charm that appertained to her sex, and saw the ripeness of her lips, and the virginal development of her bosom.
The moist English air seemed to have deepened the bloom of her cheeks and softened the slight hardness of her virginal features; or else it was simply the inner glow of happiness, shining through like a light under ice.
Some tormenting bootblacks had told Gringoire about meeting her that same evening near the Pont Saint-Michel, going off with an officer; but this husband, after the fashion of Bohemia, was an incredulous philosopher, and besides, he, better than any one else, knew to what a point his wife was virginal.
If he was a fortress she was a mountain peak, whom all might tread, but whom the snows made nightly virginal.
He was smiling to himself as he looked up into her virginal face, so innocent, so penetratingly innocent, that its purity seemed always to enter into him, driving out of him all dross and bathing him in some ethereal effulgence that was as cool and soft and velvety as starshine.