Definition of virginity in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The state of never having had sexual intercourse.

    ‘I lost my virginity’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most of them are still virgins, or lost their virginity in the last year.’
    • ‘I think it's pretty odd that people are still equating virginity with purity.’
    • ‘We eventually lost our virginity together and occasionally spoke of marriage.’
    • ‘It was a wonderful evening which I will never forget, especially as I nearly lost my virginity on the way back!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I lost my virginity at the age of 15 to my boyfriend at that time.’
    • ‘Yet, while attitudes are becoming more open, virginity is still seen as an important virtue.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But then I thought well, that's only one a year since I lost my virginity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had lost her virginity to him and he hadn't even thought about the fact that she might not have wanted to.’
    • ‘The Sixties completely wiped away the notion that virginity was essential to respectability and decency.’
    • ‘She wanted to be in love when she lost her virginity, and I loved her for that.’
    • ‘I practically lost my virginity by accident and I was a late starter.’
    • ‘Drama School finishes and we all go back to our respective homes - my virginity still firmly intact.’
    • ‘We all got athlete's foot, one lad lost his virginity and at least two people came away with a sexually transmitted disease.’
    • ‘They both ended up stripping the rest of their clothes off, and Lily lost her virginity that night.’
    • ‘He lost his virginity in a very nice way and he's become a fairly good client since…’
    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.
      ‘the lawsuit will be remembered as the moment the computer industry lost its political virginity’
      • ‘I had lost my oyster virginity in Whitstable a while back, and was keen to re-kindle my relationship with these beautiful bi-valves.’
      • ‘How to lose your political virginity while keeping your scientific credibility.’


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