celibate
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈsɛləbət/
Adjective

celibate (not comparable)

  1. Not married.
  2. (by extension) Abstaining from sexual relations and pleasures.
    Members of religious communities sometimes take vows to remain celibate.
Synonyms Translations Noun

celibate (plural celibates)

  1. One who is not married, especially one who has taken a religious vow not to get married, usually because of being a member of a religious community.
  2. (obsolete) A celibate state; celibacy.
    • He […] preferreth holy celibate before the estate of marrige.
Synonyms Translations Verb

celibate (celibates, present participle celibating; past and past participle celibated)

  1. (rare) To practice celibacy
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