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Virginity is the state of being a virgin. A virgin (or maiden) originally meant a woman who has never had sexual intercourse. It is derived from the Latin virgo, which means "sexually inexperienced woman". As in Latin, the English word is also often used with wider reference, by relaxing the age, gender or sexual criteria. Hence, more mature women can be virgins (The Virgin Queen), men can be virgins, and potential initiates into many fields can be colloquially termed virgins; for example, a skydiving "virgin". In the latter usage, virgin simply means uninitiated.

Virginity is often used as a synonym for innocent or inexperienced, and also frequently implies youthfulness. This quality is frequently prized by both the virgin and others.

In past eras, a girl who lost her sexual virginity outside of marriage could be condemned as having loose morals, a harlot or as unmarriable.

Pleasure was often taken in the concept of taking a girl's virginity.

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