adjective, chast·er, chast·est.
- chaste tree,
Origin of chaste
Examples from the Web for chastely
He chastely dropped his eyes before everything which was not the Republic.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
It chastely rebuked the restless husbands, yet brought them a message of healing.Babbitt|Sinclair Lewis
Yet let but a nation conceive rightly of its character, and it will be chastely just in protecting it.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Vol. I|Thomas Paine
Two well-worn saddle-bag chairs stood before the hearth, and between them a chastely designed little table.The Record of Nicholas Freydon|A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
At the great academic centre of Bologna, finally, she chastely taught learning and science.The Task of Social Hygiene|Havelock Ellis
Word Origin for chaste
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.