[ cheyst ]
/ tʃeɪst /

adjective, chast·er, chast·est.

Nearby words

  1. chassid,
  2. chassidic,
  3. chassidim,
  4. chassis,
  5. chassé,
  6. chaste tree,
  7. chasten,
  8. chastening,
  9. chastise,
  10. chastisement

Origin of chaste

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin castus clean, pure, chaste

Related formschaste·ly, adverbchaste·ness, noun

Can be confusedcelibate chastechased chastechaste chest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chastely

British Dictionary definitions for chastely


/ (tʃeɪst) /


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 Formschastely, adverbchasteness, noun

Word Origin for chaste

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

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Word Origin and History for chastely



c.1200, "virtuous, pure from unlawful sexual intercourse" (as defined by the Church), from Old French chaste "morally pure" (12c.), from Latin castus "clean, pure, morally pure" (see caste). Transferred sense of "sexually pure" is by 15c., perhaps by influence of chastity, though chaste as a noun meaning "virgin person" is recorded from early 14c. Related: Chastely.

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