Definition of virginal in English:


Syllabification: vir·gin·al
Pronunciation: /ˈvərjənl


  • Being, relating to, or appropriate for a virgin: virginal shyness
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    • On this occasion relays of patriotic maidens in virginal white paraded reverently before a temple of philosophy erected where the high altar had stood.
    • Working in a largely male-dominated office, the arrival of any new female face, let alone a young, innocent and possibly virginal one, is greeted with much excitement.
    • Let's go back to the, like, virginal innocence thing, because that can be cool too.


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  • An early spinet with the strings parallel to the keyboard, typically rectangular, and popular in 16th and 17th century houses.
    [perhaps because usually played by young women (see origin below)]
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    • Some Flemish ‘mother and child’ virginals were made effectively double-manual by having a small 4 virginals tucked away in a drawer beside the keyboard.
    • The pieces in Musicks Hand-maide are transcriptions of such music, played here on the virginals.
    • It's a chest of whistles, it's a set of virginals, it's just about anything you want to make of it.



Pronunciation: /-jənl-ist/
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  • This helps to explain the change in repertory from the complicated, technically demanding pieces of the virginalists to the simpler, more straightforward works found in many of the later sources.
  • Melody, harmony, and rhythm became as important to music as plainsong and counterpoint, and the arts of ornamentation and virtuoso extemporization thrived among the virginalists, and among the lute and consort players.
  • In his day he was chiefly famous as an organist and virginalist, being described by one listener as ‘the best finger of that age’.


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  • If some parents choose to pretend to their children that they were virginally conceived, that is, of course, their societally complicit prerogative.
  • Perseus was not really virginally conceived at all, but was the result of sexual intercourse between the lecherous god Zeus and Danaë. Zeus had previously turned himself into a shower of gold to reach the imprisoned damsel.
  • Their sound is virginally pure yet sexy, girlish and yet offering maternal comfort.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin virginalis, from virgo 'young woman'.

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