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Meaning of CELIBATE

Pronunciation:  'selubit

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
  2. [adj]  abstaining from sexual intercourse; "celibate priests"
 

CELIBATE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: chaste, continent
 
 See Also: religionist, religious person

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Cel"i*bate\, n. [L. aelibatus, fr. caelebs unmarried,
    single.]
    1. Celibate state; celibacy. [Obs.]
    
             He . . . preferreth holy celibate before the estate
             of marrige.                           --Jer. Taylor.
    
    2. One who is unmarried, esp. a bachelor, or one bound by
       vows not to marry.
    
    
  2. \Cel"i*bate\, a.
    Unmarried; single; as, a celibate state.
    
    
 
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