chaste

[ cheyst ]
/ tʃeɪst /

adjective, chast·er, chast·est.

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Origin of chaste

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

OTHER WORDS FROM chaste

chastely, adverbchasteness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH chaste

1. celibate, chaste 2. chased, chaste
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British Dictionary definitions for chaste

chaste
/ (tʃeɪst) /

adjective

not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal
abstaining from sexual intercourse, esp that which is unlawful or immoral
(of conduct, speech, etc) pure; decent; modest
(of style or taste) free from embellishment; simple; restrained

Derived forms of chaste

chastely, adverbchasteness, noun

Word Origin for chaste

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