- celibate (n.)
- 1610s, "state of celibacy" (especially as mandated to clergy in the Catholic church) from French célibat (16c.), from Latin caelibatus (see celibacy). This was the only sense until early 19c. The adjective meaning "unmarried, sworn to remain single" is recorded from 1825. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, from 1838.
- 1. The Pope bluntly told the world's priests yesterday to stay celibate.
- 2. I was celibate for two years.
- 3. I've been celibate for the past six months.
- 4. He had defended the institution of a celibate priesthood.
- 5. The instinct of the celibate warned him to hold back.
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