One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A girl or woman who has never had sexual intercourse, originally a virgin whose hymen is intact.
maiden, unmarried girl, maid, vestal virgin, chaste woman, celibateView synonyms
- ‘She and her sister Nephthys can be mimed in a piece of religious pageantry by two women, brought onto the scene ‘with pure body’ and each of them virgo intacta.’
- ‘Mary's virginity remained a model for Christian women, and during the sixteenth century the Council of Trent reaffirmed the doctrines surrounding the Blessed Mother's status as virgo intacta.’
Latin, literally ‘untouched virgin’.
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