Definition of Pair of virginals
1. Noun. A legless rectangular harpsichord; played (usually by women) in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Lexicographical Neighbors of Pair Of Virginals
Literary usage of Pair of virginals
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1888)
"Our gunroom was one of the fairest rooms in the ship, and pleasant to come into. In the gunroom I had a pair of virginals, the which our master-gunner, ..."
2. The Dialect of Craven: In the West-Riding of the County of York by William Carr (1828)
"Tim Bobbin has a pair of Virginals. " You know I have a pair of rusty old Virginals in a corner of the school, ..."
3. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians by George Grove (1910)
"This two pair of Virginals in one case with four stops looks very like a double harpsichord. Again, in the inventory of the same king's musical instruments, ..."
4. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by George Grove, John Alexander Fuller-Maitland (1889)
"... brought to the More, &e/ This two pair of Virginals in one case with four stops looks very like a double harpsichord. Again, in the inventory of the ..."
5. An Elizabethan Virginal Book: Being a Critical Essay on the Contents of a by Edward Woodall Naylor (1905)
"It was common also to speak of "a pair of virginals," for which, again, we compare " a pair of scissors," " a pair of bands." The name itself seems to point ..."
6. Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society by Essex Archaeological Society (1865)
"... a pair of stairs, &c. ; in the same way a pair of virginals or a pair of organs, simply means a virginal or an organ with a set or number of keys. ..."
7. A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (A.D. 1450-1880) by John Alexander Fuller-Maitland, George Grove (1880)
"... pair,' a ' pair of virginals,' containing wires, required no wind whatever. Another annotator thought that a ' pair ' signified two organs conjoined, ..."