- refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous.
- not engaging in sexual relations; celibate.
- free from obscenity; decent: chaste conversation.
- undefiled or stainless: chaste, white snow.
- pure in style; not excessively ornamented; simple.
- Obsolete. unmarried.
Origin of chaste
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Examples from the Web for chastely
His little windows were chastely swathed in Nottingham lace.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
The hand which was yielded to his pressed it gently, timidly, chastely.The Parisians, Complete
The one above the front door was chastely shrouded by inside shutters.Stubble
I thought it might be given to man to love tenderly and chastely.Robert Annys: Poor Priest
Annie Nathan Meyer
These men lived poorly and chastely, and did the office of Levites.
- 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
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.