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virgin British & World English

A person who has never had sexual intercourse

virgin English Thesaurus

she wished to remain a virgin

the Virgin in virgin British & World English

The mother of Jesus; the Virgin Mary

virgin comb British & World English

A honeycomb that has been used only once for honey and never for storing eggs

Virgin Mary British & World English

The mother of Jesus (see Mary).

extra virgin British & World English

Denoting a particularly fine grade of olive oil made from the first pressing of the olives and containing a maximum of one per cent oleic acid

Vestal Virgin British & World English

(In ancient Rome) a virgin consecrated to Vesta and vowed to chastity, sharing the charge of maintaining the sacred fire burning on the goddess’s altar

virgin birth British & World English

The doctrine of Christ’s birth from a mother, Mary, who was a virgin

virgin honey British & World English

Honey taken from a virgin comb, or drained from the comb without heat or pressure

virgin queen British & World English

An unfertilized queen bee

Virgin Islands British & World English

A group of Caribbean islands at the eastern extremity of the Greater Antilles, divided between British and US administration

virgin's bower British & World English

A North American clematis

Blessed Virgin Mary British & World English

A title given to Mary, the mother of Jesus (see Mary)

Mary1 British & World English

Mother of Jesus; known as the (Blessed) Virgin Mary, or St Mary, or Our Lady. According to the Gospels she was a virgin betrothed to Joseph and conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. She has been venerated by Catholic and Orthodox Churches from the earliest Christian times. Feast days, 1 January (Roman Catholic Church), 25 March (Annunciation), 15 August (Assumption), 8 September (Nativity), 8 December (Immaculate Conception)

the Virgin Birth in virgin birth British & World English

The doctrine of Christ’s birth from a mother, Mary, who was a virgin

the Virgin Queen in virgin queen British & World English

Queen Elizabeth I of England, who died unmarried

the (Blessed) Virgin Mary in Mary1 British & World English

Mother of Jesus; known as the (Blessed) Virgin Mary, or St Mary, or Our Lady. According to the Gospels she was a virgin betrothed to Joseph and conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. She has been venerated by Catholic and Orthodox Churches from the earliest Christian times. Feast days, 1 January (Roman Catholic Church), 25 March (Annunciation), 15 August (Assumption), 8 September (Nativity), 8 December (Immaculate Conception)

St. Basil's Cathedral British & World English

A cathedral on the south side of Red Square in Moscow, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his capture of Kazan from the Tartars in 1552 and built between 1555 and 1560. The official name of the cathedral is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin, for Kazan was taken on October 1, the Orthodox feast of the Intercession of the Virgin. The more common name St. Basil’s Cathedral is from St. Basil the Blessed, a ‘holy fool’ who was buried near the site of the cathedral

Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin in St. Basil's Cathedral British & World English

A cathedral on the south side of Red Square in Moscow, commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to commemorate his capture of Kazan from the Tartars in 1552 and built between 1555 and 1560. The official name of the cathedral is the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Virgin, for Kazan was taken on October 1, the Orthodox feast of the Intercession of the Virgin. The more common name St. Basil’s Cathedral is from St. Basil the Blessed, a ‘holy fool’ who was buried near the site of the cathedral