What does the word vestal mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by John D. Philbrick
  3. 26. The Vestal Claudia drawing a boat with the statue of Ceres up the Tiber: Garofalo. – Walks in Rome by Augustus J.C. Hare