Celibate meaning

sĕlə-bĭt
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The definition of celibate is refraining from sexual relations, usually for religious reasons.

A priest is an example of someone who is celibate.

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Abstaining from sexual relations.
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Remaining unmarried, especially for religious reasons.
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One who abstains from sexual relations.
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One who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons.
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An unmarried person, esp. one under a vow to remain unmarried.
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One who abstains from sexual intercourse.
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Of or in a state of celibacy.
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Not married.
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(by extension) Abstaining from sexual relations and pleasures.

Members of religious communities sometimes take vows to remain celibate.

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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.
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Origin of celibate

  • Latin caelibātus from caelebs caelib- unmarried

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French célibat, from Latin caelibatus, perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs (“unmarried”).

    From Wiktionary