English

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna (a sheath, scabbard; a covering, sheath, holder).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: vəjīʹnə, IPA(key): /vəˈdʒaɪ.nə/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪnə

Noun

vagina (plural vaginas or vaginae or (obsolete) vaginæ)

  1. (anatomy) The passage leading from the opening of the vulva to the cervix of the uterus for copulation and childbirth in female mammals.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:vagina
    • 1991, Richard Evan Jones, Human Reproductive Biology, →ISBN, page 61:
      The epithelial lining of the vagina consists of many layers of flattened cells. Changes in the condition of these cells during the menstrual cycle can be detected by swabbing the lining and looking at the cells under a microscope.
    1. (zootomy) A similar part in some invertebrates.
  2. (botany) A sheathlike structure, such as the leaf of a grass that surrounds a stem.
    Synonym: sheath
  3. (colloquial) The vulva.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:vulva

Usage notes

In technical discussions of anatomy, the vagina is a wholly internal structure and the vulva is wholly external, but in common use (since at least the 1930s),[1] vagina can refer to the vulva or function as a general term for the entire genitalia.

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References

  1. ^ Besides these examples from the 1930s onward, Martha Kirkpatrick, in Women’s Sexual Development: Explorations of Inner Space (2012), notes explicitly that a psychiatrist character played by a real psychiatrist uses it this way in the 1969 film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and also cites another use from 1970.

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Catalan

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna. Doublet of beina.

Pronunciation

Noun

vagina f (plural vagines)

  1. (anatomy) vagina

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Danish

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Noun

vagina c (singular definite vaginaen, plural indefinite vaginaer)

  1. (anatomy) vagina

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Dutch

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈvaːɣinaː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: va‧gi‧na

Noun

vagina f (plural vagina's, diminutive vaginaatje n)

  1. vagina
    Synonym: schede

Esperanto

Etymology

From vagino +‎ -a.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [vaˈɡina]
  • Hyphenation: va‧gin‧a
  • Rhymes: -ina

Adjective

vagina (accusative singular vaginan, plural vaginaj, accusative plural vaginajn)

  1. vaginal

Finnish

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈʋɑɡinɑ/, [ˈʋɑɡinɑ]
  • Rhymes: -ɑɡinɑ
  • Syllabification: va‧gi‧na

Noun

vagina

  1. (anatomy) vagina
    Synonym: emätin

Declension

Inflection of vagina (Kotus type 13/katiska, no gradation)
nominative vagina vaginat
genitive vaginan vaginoiden
vaginoitten
vaginojen
partitive vaginaa vaginoita
vaginoja
illative vaginaan vaginoihin
singular plural
nominative vagina vaginat
accusative nom. vagina vaginat
gen. vaginan
genitive vaginan vaginoiden
vaginoitten
vaginojen
vaginainrare
partitive vaginaa vaginoita
vaginoja
inessive vaginassa vaginoissa
elative vaginasta vaginoista
illative vaginaan vaginoihin
adessive vaginalla vaginoilla
ablative vaginalta vaginoilta
allative vaginalle vaginoille
essive vaginana vaginoina
translative vaginaksi vaginoiksi
instructive vaginoin
abessive vaginatta vaginoitta
comitative vaginoineen
Possessive forms of vagina (type katiska)
possessor singular plural
1st person vaginani vaginamme
2nd person vaginasi vaginanne
3rd person vaginansa

Interlingua

Noun

vagina (plural vaginas)

  1. vagina

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Italian

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna. Doublet of guaina.

Pronunciation

Noun

vagina f (plural vagine)

  1. (anatomy) vagina

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See also

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Latin

 
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Alternative forms

Etymology

From Proto-Italic *wāgīnā (sheath, scabbard)[1], possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wag- (sheath, cover).[2]

Pronunciation

Noun

vāgīna f (genitive vāgīnae); first declension

  1. (literally) a sheath, scabbard
    • c. 52 BCE, Julius Caesar, Commentarii de Bello Gallico 5.44:
      Avertit hic casus vaginam et gladium educere conanti dextram moratur manum, impeditumque hostes circumsistunt.
      This circumstance turns aside his scabbard and obstructs his right hand when attempting to draw his sword: the enemy crowd around him when [thus] embarrassed.
    • 29 BCE – 19 BCE, Virgil, Aeneid 4.579:
      Dixit, vaginaque eripit ensem fulmineum, strictoque ferit retinacula ferro.
      He said, and from its scabbard forth he flashed the lightning of his sword, with his sword he struck the hawsers.
    Mitte gladium in vaginam.Put the sword into its sheath.
    Gladium vāginā proripere.To draw a sword from the sheath hastily.
  2. (transferred sense) the covering, sheath, holder of anything
    Omnia principalia viscera membranis propriis ac velut vaginis inclusit natura.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)
    Cremato eo (corpore), inimici ... remeanti animae veluti vaginam ademerint.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)
    1. the hull, husk
    2. (anatomy) the vagina
    3. (zootomy, in cats) the sheath of a claw

Usage notes

Not used medically/anatomically during classical times.

Inflection

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vāgīna vāgīnae
Genitive vāgīnae vāgīnārum
Dative vāgīnae vāgīnīs
Accusative vāgīnam vāgīnās
Ablative vāgīnā vāgīnīs
Vocative vāgīna vāgīnae

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References

  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008), “vāgīna”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 650
  2. ^ Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN
  • vagina in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vagina in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vagina in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • vagina in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to sheath one's sword: gladium in vaginam recondere
  • vagina in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vagina in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “vagina”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.

Norwegian Bokmål

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna. Doublet of vanilje.

Noun

vagina m (definite singular vaginaen, indefinite plural vaginaer, definite plural vaginaene)

  1. (anatomy) vagina
    Synonym: skjede

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References


Norwegian Nynorsk

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Noun

vagina m (definite singular vaginaen, indefinite plural vaginaer or vaginaar, definite plural vaginaene or vaginaane)

  1. (anatomy) vagina
    Synonym: skjede

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References


Occitan

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Pronunciation

  • (file)

Noun

vagina f (plural vaginas)

  1. (anatomy) vagina

Portuguese

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna. Doublet of bainha and vagem.

Noun

vagina f (plural vaginas)

  1. (anatomy) vagina

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Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʋaɡǐːna/
  • Hyphenation: va‧gi‧na

Noun

vagína f (Cyrillic spelling ваги́на)

  1. (anatomy) vagina
    Synonym: rȍdnica

Declension


Slovene

 
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Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna.

Pronunciation

Noun

vagȋna f

  1. vagina

Inflection

Feminine, a-stem
nom. sing. vagína
gen. sing. vagíne
singular dual plural
nominative vagína vagíni vagíne
accusative vagíno vagíni vagíne
genitive vagíne vagín vagín
dative vagíni vagínama vagínam
locative vagíni vagínah vagínah
instrumental vagíno vagínama vagínami

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Further reading

  • vagina”, in Slovarji Inštituta za slovenski jezik Frana Ramovša ZRC SAZU, portal Fran

Spanish

Etymology

Learned borrowing from Latin vāgīna. Doublet of vaina.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /baˈxina/, [baˈxi.na]

Noun

vagina f (plural vaginas)

  1. vagina

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Further reading