vestal

Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to Vesta.

Part of speech: adjective

Suitable for a vestal or a nun; chaste; pure.

Part of speech: noun

Rom. Antiq. One of the virgin priestesses of Vesta.

Part of speech: noun

A virgin; num.

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Usage examples "vestal":

  1. She was worshipped fairly widely in Greece and Asia Minor, but principally in Rome, where a beautiful circular temple was dedicated to her service; her ministers, the Vestal virgins, were held in the greatest honour and were chosen from among the loveliest and noblest of Roman maidens. - "Nature Mysticism", J. Edward Mercer.
  2. Be not her maid, since she is envious: Her vestal livery is but sick and green, And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. - "The American Union Speaker", John D. Philbrick.
  3. 26. The Vestal Claudia drawing a boat with the statue of Ceres up the Tiber: Garofalo. - "Walks in Rome", Augustus J.C. Hare.