celibate

celibate 1610s (n.) "state of celibacy," from Fr. célibat (16c.), from L. caelibatus (see CELIBACY (Cf. celibacy)). The adj. meaning "unmarried, sworn to remain single" is recorded from 1829. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, from 1869.

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  • Celibate — Cel i*bate, n. [L. aelibatus, fr. caelebs unmarried, single.] 1. Celibate state; celibacy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] He . . . preferreth holy celibate before the estate of marriage. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. One who is unmarried, esp. a bachelor …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Celibate — Cel i*bate, a. Unmarried; single; as, a celibate state. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • celibate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) abstaining from marriage and sexual relations for religious reasons. 2) having or involving no sexual relations. ► NOUN ▪ a person who is celibate. DERIVATIVES celibacy noun. ORIGIN from Latin caelibatus unmarried state …   English terms dictionary

  • celibate — index solitary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • celibate — adj *unmarried, single, virgin, maiden …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • celibate — [adj] abstaining from sexual activity chaste, continent, pure, virgin, virginal, virtuous; concept 372 Ant. active, promiscuous …   New thesaurus

  • celibate — [sel′ə bət] n. [L caelibatus < caelebs, unmarried (< IE base * kaiwelo , alone) + * lib(h)s , living (> LIVE2)] 1. an unmarried person, esp. one under a vow to remain unmarried 2. one who abstains from sexual intercourse adj. of or in a… …   English World dictionary

  • celibate — [[t]se̱lɪbət[/t]] celibates 1) ADJ Someone who is celibate does not marry or have sex, because of their religious beliefs. The Pope bluntly told the world s priests yesterday to stay celibate. N COUNT A celibate is someone who is celibate. 2) ADJ …   English dictionary

  • celibate — UK [ˈseləbət] / US adjective a) not having sex b) never having sex, often because of religious beliefs Derived word: celibate UK / US noun countable Word forms celibate : singular celibate plural celibates …   English dictionary

  • celibate — cel|i|bate [ˈselıbət] adj [Date: 1800 1900; : Latin; Origin: caelibatus, from caelebs unmarried ] not married and not having sex, especially because of your religious beliefs →↑virgin ▪ Catholic priests are required to be celibate. >celibate n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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