celibate

celibate

[sel-uh-bit, -beyt]
noun
1.
a person who abstains from sexual relations.
2.
a person who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons.
adjective
3.
observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry.
4.
not married.

Origin:
1605–15; < Latin caelib- (stem of caelebs) unmarried + -ate1

noncelibate, adjective
uncelibate, adjective

1. celebrate, celibate, cerebrate ; 2. celibate, chased, chaste, chest.
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celibate (ˈsɛlɪbɪt)
 
n
1.  a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity
 
adj
2.  unmarried, esp by vow
3.  abstaining from sexual intercourse
 
[C17: from Latin caelibātus, from caelebs unmarried, of obscure origin]
 
'celibacy
 
n

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celibate
1614 (n.) "state of celibacy," from Fr. célibat (16c.), from L. cælibatus (see celibacy). The adj. meaning "unmarried, sworn to remain single" is recorded from 1829. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, is from 1869.
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