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



BrE BrE//ˈselɪbət//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈselɪbət//
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(formal) a person who has chosen not to marry; a person who never has sex Word Originearly 19th cent. (earlier (mid 17th cent.) as celibacy): from French célibat or Latin caelibatus ‘unmarried state’ + -ate.
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