jaunava

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See also: Jaunava, Jaunavā, and jaunavā

Latvian[edit]

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From jauns (young, new) +‎ -ava.

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jaunava f (4th declension)

  1. young, usually unmarried, woman
    meitene nezinot pieauga par jaunavu ar viņas ilgām un tieksmēm — the girl unknowingly grew into a young woman with her longings and desires
    “no mūsu kursa studentēm”, meitene noskuma, “visas jau izgājušas pie vīra, es vienīgā esmu palikusi jaunavās” — “of the students of our school”, grieved the girl, “all have found husbands, only I remained among (lit. in) the unmarried ones
  2. (of women, occasionally of men) virgin (having no sexual experience)
    Jaunava Marija — the Virgin Mary
    25 (divdesmit pieci) gadi, bet joprojām jaunava — 25 years (old), and still a virgin
    nobrieduši vīrieši ir teikuši, ka seksu ar jaunavu vairs negribētu; kvalitāte ņem virsroku! — mature men have said that they wouldn't want sex with a virgin anymore; quality prevails!

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