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VESTAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vestal mean? 

VESTAL (noun)
  The noun VESTAL has 1 sense:

1. a chaste woman

  Familiarity information: VESTAL used as a noun is very rare.


VESTAL (adjective)
  The adjective VESTAL has 2 senses:

1. of or relating to Vesta
2. in a state of sexual virginity

  Familiarity information: VESTAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


VESTAL (noun)


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Meaning:

A chaste woman

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("vestal" is a kind of...):

adult female; woman (an adult female person (as opposed to a man))


VESTAL (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to Vesta

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

vestal virgin

Pertainym:

Vesta ((Roman mythology) goddess of the hearth and its fire whose flame was tended by vestal virgins; counterpart of Greek Hestia)


Sense 2vestal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a state of sexual virginity

Synonyms:

vestal; virgin; virtuous; virginal; pure

Context examples:

pure and vestal modesty / a spinster or virgin lady / men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal

Similar:

chaste (morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse))


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