celibate

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From French célibat, from Latin caelibatus, perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs (unmarried), compare German Zölibat.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɛləbət/
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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.

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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.
    • 1893, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Woman, Church and State: A Historical Account of the Status of Woman Through the Christian Ages: with Reminiscences of the Matriarchate:
      Even during the ages that priestly marriage was permitted, celibates obtained a higher reputation for sanctity and virtue than married priests, who infinitely more than celibates were believed subject to infestation by demons.
  2. (obsolete) A celibate state; celibacy.
    • 1678, Antiquitates Christianæ: Or, the History of the Life and Death of the Holy Jesus: [], London: [] E. Flesher, and R. Norton, for R[ichard] Royston, [], OCLC 1179639832:
      He [] preferreth holy celibate before the estate of marriage.

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celibate (third-person singular simple present celibates, present participle celibating, simple past and past participle celibated)

  1. (rare) To practice celibacy

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