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Definitions of vestal

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a chaste woman Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Of or pertaining to Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth; hence, pure; chaste. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A virgin consecrated to Vesta, and to the service of watching the sacred fire, which was to be perpetually kept burning upon her altar. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A virgin; a woman pure and chaste; also, a nun. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Pertaining to, or sacred to, Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth and home, or to one of the virgins who served in her temple. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. In the Roman religion, a virgin vowed to the service of Vesta; a virgin; also, a nun: Vestal Virgins, the six virgin priestesses who tended the sacred fire on the altar of the temple of Vesta, at Rome. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Pertaining to or consecrated to the service of Vesta: chaste: pure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. a Virgin consecrated to the service of Vesta. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Pertaining, or consecrated, to Vesta, a Roman godess; chaste; pure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Pertaining to Vesta. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Suitable for a vestal or a nun; chaste; pure. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Rom. Antiq. One of the virgin priestesses of Vesta. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A virgin; num. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. Pertaining to the goddess Vesta; pure; chaste. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. One of originally four, ultimately six, virgins, consecrated as such to Vesta for the guardianship of the sacred fire, which they tended day and night, and never suffered to go out; a chaste woman; one devoted religiously to a life of chastity. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. One of the six virgin priestesses of Vesta; a virgin pure and chaste. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. Pert. to pure virginity; chaste; undefiled. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. Of the goddess Vesta or the v. virgins; v. (virgin), virgin consecrated to Vesta, vowed to chastity, & charged with care of sacred fire perpetually burning on her altar, hence, woman of spotless chastity, esp. one who devotes her life to religion, nun. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. [L.] Relating to Vesta, the Latin goddess of the hearth, where the sacred fire was never allowed to die out, and the guardian of household purity and truth. This tire on the public hearth was guarded by the Vestal virgins, who are said to have been instituted by Numa Pompilius. This goddess was called by the Greeks Hestia. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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