[ cheyst ]
/ tʃeɪst /

adjective, chast·er, chast·est.

Origin of chaste

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


4 coarse.
5 debased.

Related forms

chaste·ly, adverbchaste·ness, noun

Can be confused

celibate chastechased chastechaste chest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chaster


/ (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 Forms

chastely, adverbchasteness, noun

Word Origin for chaste

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