- of, characteristic of, or proper to a virgin; maidenly
- remaining in a state of virginity
- pure; fresh; untouched; unsullied
- Zool. not fertilized
Origin of virginalOld French from Classical Latin virginalis
Origin of virginalprobably akin to virginal: reason for name obscure
- Relating to, characteristic of, or befitting a virgin.
- Untouched or unsullied; fresh: virginal morning snow.
- Inexperienced: “This publisher on the phone … knows you're virginal in matters contractual” ( Richard Curtis )
- Zoology Virgin.
Origin of virginalFrom virgin ( perhaps from its being associated with female performers )
17th-century German virginal
(comparative more virginal, superlative most virginal)
- Being or resembling a virgin.
- (music) A musical instrument in the harpsichord family.
- The singular form may be either virginal or virginals.
From Latin virginÄlis. The musical instrument is probably so called from being played by young girls.