Meaning of “virgin” in the English Dictionary

"virgin" in British English

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virginnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈvɜː.dʒɪn/ us /ˈvɝː.dʒɪn/


uk /ˈvɜː.dʒɪn/ us /ˈvɝː.dʒɪn/

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
adjective uk /ˈvɜː.dʒɪ.nəl/ us /ˈvɝː.dʒɪ.nəl/

noun [ U ] uk /vəˈdʒɪn.ə.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

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)