[ chas-ti-tee ]
/ ˈtʃæs tɪ ti /


the state or quality of being chaste.

Nearby words

  1. chaste tree,
  2. chasten,
  3. chastening,
  4. chastise,
  5. chastisement,
  6. chastity belt,
  7. chasuble,
  8. chat,
  9. chat room,
  10. chat show

Origin of chastity

1175–1225; Middle English chastite, variant of chastete < Old French < Latin castitāt- (stem of castitās), equivalent to cast(us) chaste + -itāt- -ity

Related formsnon·chas·ti·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chastity


/ (ˈtʃæstɪtɪ) /


the state of being chaste; purity
abstention from sexual intercourse; virginity or celibacya vow of chastity

Word Origin for chastity

C13: from Old French chasteté, from Latin castitās, from castus chaste

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Word Origin and History for chastity



c.1200, chastete, "sexual purity" (as defined by the Church), including but not limited to virginity or celibacy, from Old French chastete "chastity, purity" (12c., Modern French chasteté), from Latin castitatem (nominative castitas) "purity, chastity" from castus (see caste).

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