- 1morals [plural] standards or principles of good behavior, especially in matters of sexual relationships Young people these days have no morals. The play was considered an affront to public morals. The question is one of manners rather than morals. (old-fashioned) a woman of loose morals (= with a low standard of sexual behavior)
- 2[countable] a practical lesson that a story, an event, or an experience teaches you And the moral is that crime doesn't pay.