[ sel-uh-bit, -beyt ]
/ ˈsɛl ə bɪt, -ˌbeɪt /
a person who abstains from sexual relations.
a person who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons.
observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry.
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Origin of celibate
1605–15; < Latin caelib- (stem of caelebs) unmarried + -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM celibatenon·cel·i·bate, adjectiveun·cel·i·bate, adjective
Words nearby celibate
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Example sentences from the Web for non-celibate
Both of these processes are necessary in the life of the non-celibate.An Outline of Sexual Morality|Kenneth Ingram
British Dictionary definitions for non-celibate
/ (ˈsɛlɪbɪt) /
a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity
unmarried, esp by vow
abstaining from sexual intercourse
Derived forms of celibatecelibacy, noun
Word Origin for celibate
C17: from Latin caelibātus, from caelebs unmarried, of obscure origin
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