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celibate

[ sel-uh-bit, -beyt ]
/ ˈsɛl ə bɪt, -ˌbeɪt /
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noun

a person who abstains from sexual relations.
a person who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons.

adjective

observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry.
not married.

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Origin of celibate

First recorded in 1605–15; from Latin caelib- (stem of caelebs ) “unmarried” + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM celibate

non·cel·i·bate, adjectiveun·cel·i·bate, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH celibate

1. celebrate, celibate , cerebrate2. celibate , chaste
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British Dictionary definitions for celibate

celibate
/ (ˈsɛlɪbɪt) /

noun

a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity

adjective

unmarried, esp by vow
abstaining from sexual intercourse

Derived forms of celibate

celibacy, noun

Word Origin for celibate

C17: from Latin caelibātus, from caelebs unmarried, of obscure origin
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