Definitions for: Vestal


[n] a chaste woman
[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"
[adj] of or relating to Vesta; "vestal virgin"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.

Synonyms: chaste, pure, virgin, virginal, virtuous

See Also: adult female, woman

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