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
- 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.
Etymology: From Latin caelibatus, perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs, unmarried
- Italian: celibe
- Spanish: celibe
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