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vestal adj
1 of or relating to Vesta; "vestal virgin"
2 in a state of sexual virginity; "pure and vestal modesty"; "a spinster or virgin lady"; "men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal" [syn: pure, virgin, virginal, virtuous] n : a chaste woman

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  1. Of or pertaining to Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth; hence, pure; chaste.


  1. A virgin consecrated to Vesta, and to the service of watching the sacred fire, which was to be perpetually kept burning upon her altar.
  2. A virgin; a woman pure and chaste; also, a nun.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Platonic, abstinent, bachelor girl, celibate, continent, feme sole, intact, lone woman, maid, maiden, maiden lady, maidenly, old maid, single girl, spinster, spinstress, vestal virgin, virgin, virginal
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