- the state of being unmarried, esp. that of a person under a vow not to marry
- complete sexual abstinence
Origin of celibacy; from celiba(te) + -cy
- Abstinence from sexual relations.
- The condition of remaining unmarried, especially for religious reasons.
From Latin caelibatus (“celibacy, a single life”), perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs (“unmarried”).