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"virgin" in British English

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virginnoun [C]

uk   /ˈvɜː.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈvɝː-/
C2 someone who has never had ​sex: She ​remained a virgin until she was over thirty. Do you ​think he's still a virgin? humorous a ​person with no ​experience of a ​particularactivity

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  • He ​wants to ​marry a virgin.
  • She was a virgin until she was 30.
  • He is a ​political virgin.

virginadjective

uk   /ˈvɜː.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈvɝː-/
  • virgin adjective (AREA/THING)

C2 A virgin ​forest or ​area of ​land has not ​yet been cultivated (= used to ​growcrops) or used by ​people: The ​railway is being ​extended into ​areas of virgin forest. Virgin ​oil, ​especiallyoliveoil, is made ​directly from ​pressing the ​fruit, ​rather than by using ​heat: extra virgin ​oliveoil [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   us   /-dʒɪ.nəl/
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.
(Definition of virgin from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"virgin" in American English

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virginnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɜr·dʒɪn/
someone who has never had ​sex
virginity
noun [U]  us   /vərˈdʒɪn·ɪ·t̬i/

virginadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈvɜr·dʒən/
Virgin can be used of ​forests and ​areas of ​land that have not ​yet been ​cultivated or used by ​people: a virgin ​forest Antarctica is virgin ​territory.
(Definition of virgin from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “virgin”
in Korean 처녀…
in Arabic عَذراء…
in Malaysian dara…
in French vierge…
in Russian девственница…
in Chinese (Traditional) 處女, 童男, 從未有過…經歷的人…
in Italian vergine…
in Turkish bâkire…
in Polish dziewica…
in Spanish virgen…
in Vietnamese trong trắng, trinh nữ…
in Portuguese virgem…
in Thai หญิงพรหมจารี…
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…
in Indonesian perawan…
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