Definition of virginity in English:



  • 1The state of never having had sexual intercourse.

    ‘he lost his virginity in college’
    • ‘But then I thought well, that's only one a year since I lost my virginity.’
    • ‘Drama School finishes and we all go back to our respective homes - my virginity still firmly intact.’
    • ‘I practically lost my virginity by accident and I was a late starter.’
    • ‘I think it's pretty odd that people are still equating virginity with purity.’
    • ‘I lost my virginity to a girl whose name I didn't know, in a sleeping bag on the floor of my mother's abandoned Fifth Avenue apartment.’
    • ‘He lost his virginity in a very nice way and he's become a fairly good client since…’
    • ‘We eventually lost our virginity together and occasionally spoke of marriage.’
    • ‘Yet, while attitudes are becoming more open, virginity is still seen as an important virtue.’
    • ‘When women discuss their sexual history they tend to raise the age at which they lost their virginity or reduce the number of partners they've had.’
    • ‘It was a wonderful evening which I will never forget, especially as I nearly lost my virginity on the way back!’
    • ‘She had lost her virginity to him and he hadn't even thought about the fact that she might not have wanted to.’
    • ‘She wanted to be in love when she lost her virginity, and I loved her for that.’
    • ‘We all got athlete's foot, one lad lost his virginity and at least two people came away with a sexually transmitted disease.’
    • ‘I believe he does care for me, and pray that he wouldn't be just using me, as I lost my virginity to this man.’
    • ‘The Sixties completely wiped away the notion that virginity was essential to respectability and decency.’
    • ‘Most of them are still virgins, or lost their virginity in the last year.’
    • ‘It is where I first got drunk, had my first cigarette and lost my virginity.’
    • ‘Buffon goes on to say that virginity, which is a virtue, has been transformed into a physical object and made a concern for all men.’
    • ‘I lost my virginity at the age of 15 to my boyfriend at that time.’
    • ‘They both ended up stripping the rest of their clothes off, and Lily lost her virginity that night.’
    chastity, maidenhood, chasteness, virtue, honour, purity, pureness
    innocence, decency, virtuousness, respectability, dignity, modesty
    lack of sin, sinlessness, spotlessness
    celibacy, abstinence, self-restraint, self-denial
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    1. 1.1The state of being naive, innocent, or inexperienced in a particular context.
      ‘his political virginity’
      • ‘How to lose your political virginity while keeping your scientific credibility.’
      • ‘I had lost my oyster virginity in Whitstable a while back, and was keen to re-kindle my relationship with these beautiful bi-valves.’


Middle English: from Old French virginite, from Latin virginitas, from virgo (see virgin).