Celibate - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈselɪbət|  American pronunciation of the word celibate
Brit.  |ˈsɛlɪbət|  British pronunciation of the word celibate

noun

- an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity

adjective

- abstaining from sexual intercourse(syn: continent)

Examples

Catholic priests are required to be celibate.

...a religous sect that expects its unmarried members to be completely celibate and its married adherents to maintain continent relationships...

Word forms

adjective
singular: celibate
plural: celibates
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