noun cel·i·bate \ˈse-lə-bət\

Definition of CELIBATE

:  a person who lives in celibacy
celibate adjective

Origin of CELIBATE

Latin caelibatus, from caelib-, caelebs unmarried
First Known Use: 1680


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