[ cheyst ]
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adjective,chast·er, chast·est.
  1. refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.

  1. not engaging in sexual relations; celibate.

  2. free from obscenity; decent: chaste conversation.

  3. undefiled or stainless: chaste, white snow.

  4. pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple.

  5. Obsolete. not married.

Origin of chaste

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin castus “clean, pure, chaste”

Other words for chaste

Opposites for chaste

Other words from chaste

  • chastely, adverb
  • chasteness, noun

Words that may be confused with chaste

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How to use chaste in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chaste


/ (tʃeɪst) /

  1. not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal

  2. abstaining from sexual intercourse, esp that which is unlawful or immoral

  1. (of conduct, speech, etc) pure; decent; modest

  2. (of style or taste) free from embellishment; simple; restrained

Origin of chaste

C13: from Old French, from Latin castus pure; compare caste

Derived forms of chaste

  • chastely, adverb
  • chasteness, noun

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