Definitions for virgilˈvɜr dʒəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
(Publius Vergilius Maro) 70–19 b .c ., Roman poet: author of The Aeneid.
Vir•gil•i•anvərˈdʒɪl i ən, -ˈdʒɪl yən(adj.)
Virgil, Vergil, Publius Vergilius Maro(noun)
a Roman poet; author of the epic poem `Aeneid' (70-19 BC)
Pu016Bblius Vergilius Maru014D (70-19 B.C.), Roman epic writer from the Augustan period, best known for writing the Aeneid.
, of mostly American usage.
Origin: Virgilius, from the Roman clan name Vergilius, of unknown meaning.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
great Latin poet, born near Mantua, author in succession of the "Eclogues," the "Georgics," and the "Æneid"; studied at Cremona and Milan, and at 16 was sent to Rome to study rhetoric and philosophy, lost a property he had in Cremona during the civil war, but recommended himself to Pollio, the governor, who introduced him to Augustus, and he went to settle in Rome; here, in 37 B.C., he published his "Eclogues," a collection of 10 pastorals, and gained the patronage of Mæcenas, under whose favour he was able to retire to a villa at Naples, where in seven years he, in 30 B.C., produced the "Georgics," in four books, on the art of husbandry, after which he devoted himself to his great work the "Æneid," or the story of Æneas of Troy, an epic in 12 books, connecting the hero with the foundation of Rome, and especially with the Julian family, and which was finished in 19 B.C.; on his deathbed he expressed a wish that it should be burned, and left instructions to that effect in his will; he was one of the purest-minded poets perhaps that ever lived (70-19 B.C.).