C16: probably from Latin virginālisvirginal1, perhaps because it was played largely by young ladies
virginal for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (vɜːʳdʒɪnəl)
1. graded adjective & adjective
If you describe someone as virginal, you mean that they look young and innocent, as if they have had no experience of sex. ⇒ Somehow she'd always been a child in his mind, pure and virginal. ⇒ And Julie married Alec, dressed appropriately in virginal white.
2. graded adjective & adjective
Something that is virginal looks new and clean, as if it has not been used or spoiled. ⇒ ...abandoning worn-out land to cultivate virginal pasture.