- 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
Related Wordssubdued, platonic, virginal, celibate, unblemished, monogamous, austere, clean, continent, decent, decorous, elegant, immaculate, impotent, inexperienced, innocent, modest, moral, neat, proper
Examples from the Web for chaster
The chaster she is, all the more will she revolt at the shamefulness of the verification!The Executioner's Knife
And my chaster imperial love, what were you too but earthliness?Majesty
"Unmatcht for beauty, chaster than the ayre," wrote one poet.The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened
I wonder if we can't smuggle the skulls and the skeleton into Mr. Chaster's room?Joe The Hotel Boy
Horatio Alger Jr.
But it remained for the chaster genius of Addison to banish this painful topic from his elegant pages.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)
- 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 chaster
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.