- a person who abstains from sexual relations.
- a person who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons.
- observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry.
- not married.
Origin of celibate
Examples from the Web for celibate
Does he really think that telling gay Christians to be celibate is a good idea?The Hateful Pastor All Too Happy to Be Left Behind When It Comes to Gays
September 6, 2014
If married life is as boring and joyless as this document, I am glad I am celibate.Did the Pope Just Wink at Gay Marriage?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 27, 2014
His great-uncle, who has never self-identified as gay but who Sam believes is, lives a celibate life committed to the Church.Mormon U. Forces Gays to Be Celibate
May 13, 2014
I believe that you can choose to be celibate and that you can train people to be celibate.Alex Gibney’s ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’: Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church
February 4, 2013
For the second half of his life, Mahatma Gandhi was not straight, gay, or bisexual: He was, by choice, celibate.Aravind Adiga on Gandhi's Forgotten Legacy of Manliness
April 13, 2011
The sanguine Mahooley was no celibate, and he cared not who knew it.The Huntress
A celibate religion ever suspects the serpent in the neighbourhood of the woman.Devil-Worship in France
Arthur Edward Waite
This particular specimen of the genus was both a vegetarian and a celibate.Seen and Unseen
E. Katharine Bates
For if so, then would a celibate clergy have grant of immunity.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Association makes the sacrifice and the work possible to the celibate.
- a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity
- unmarried, esp by vow
- abstaining from sexual intercourse
Word Origin and History for celibate
1610s, "state of celibacy" (especially as mandated to clergy in the Catholic church) from French célibat (16c.), from Latin caelibatus (see celibacy). This was the only sense until earl 19c. The adjective meaning "unmarried, sworn to remain single" is recorded from 1825. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, from 1838.