Definition of celibate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈselɪbət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbət//
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  1. 1not married and not having sex, especially for religious reasons celibate priests
  2. 2not having sex I've been celibate for the past six months.
  3. Word Originearly 19th cent. (earlier (mid 17th cent.) as celibacy): from French célibat or Latin caelibatus ‘unmarried state’ + -ate.
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