Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “virgin”

See all translations

virgin

noun [C] uk   /ˈvɜː.dʒɪn/ us    /ˈvɝː-/
C2 someone who has never had sex: She remained a virgin till she was over thirty. D'you think he's still a virgin? humorous a person with no experience of a particular activity
More examples

virgin

adjective uk   /ˈvɜː.dʒɪn/ us    /ˈvɝː-/

virgin adjective (AREA/THING)

C2 A virgin forest or area of land has not yet been cultivated (= used to grow crops) or used by people: The railway is being extended into areas of virgin forest. Virgin oil, especially olive oil , is made directly from pressing the fruit, rather than by using heat: extra virgin olive oil [before noun] literary pure and not spoiled, especially when describing something white: a virgin sheet of paper (= one not written on)

virgin adjective (PERSON)

[before noun] never having had sex: a virgin bride
virginal
adjective uk   /-dʒɪ.nəl/ us  
virginal innocence/modesty/purity
virginity
noun [U] uk   /vəˈdʒɪn.ɪ.ti/ us    /vɚˈdʒɪn.ə.t̬i/
She lost her virginity at the age of 16 to the boy next door.
Translations of “virgin”
in Korean 처녀…
in Arabic عَذراء…
in French vierge…
in Turkish bâkire…
in Italian vergine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 處女, 童男, 從未有過…經歷的人…
in Russian девственница…
in Polish dziewica…
in Spanish virgen…
in Portuguese virgem…
in German die Jungfrau…
in Catalan verge…
in Japanese 処女(の女性), 童貞(の男性)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 处女, 童男, 从未有过…经历的人…
(Definition of virgin from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of virgin?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “virgin” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

justice

fairness in the way people are dealt with

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

flower beard noun

January 19, 2015
a beard adorned with flowers And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

Read More