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Meaning of VESTAL

Pronunciation:  'vestl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a chaste woman
  2. [adj]  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"
  3. [adj]  of or relating to Vesta; "vestal virgin"

VESTAL is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: chaste, pure, virgin, virginal, virtuous
 See Also: adult female, woman



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ves"tal\, a. [L. Vestalis belonging to Vesta, vestal.
    See {Vesta}.]
    Of or pertaining to Vesta, the virgin goddess of the hearth;
    hence, pure; chaste.
  2. \Ves"tal\, n. [L. Vestalis (sc. virgo): cf. F. vestale.
    See {Vestal}, a.]
    1. (Rom. Antiq.) A virgin consecrated to Vesta, and to the
       service of watching the sacred fire, which was to be
       perpetually kept burning upon her altar.
    Note: The Vestals were originally four, but afterward six, in
          number. Their term of service lasted thirty years, the
          period of admission being from the sixth to the tenth
          year of the candidate's age.
    2. A virgin; a woman pure and chaste; also, a nun.
             How happy is the blameless vestal's lot! --Pope.