noun , plural celibates
- person 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
Etymology: From Latin caelibatus, perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs, unmarried
- not married; unmarried. Sometimes confused with chaste (pure) and sexually abstinent (abstaining from sexual relations and pleasures). Members of religious communities sometimes take vows to remain celibate, since the community is their family.
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