celibate

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noun cel·i·bate \ˈse-lə-bət\

Definition of celibate

  1. :  a person who lives in celibacy

celibate

adjective

Origin and Etymology of celibate

Latin caeleb-, caelebs “not having a spouse, unmarried” (perhaps a derivative from *kail-i- “whole,” going back to Indo-European *keh2i-lo-) + 1-ate, 3-ate — more at 1whole The traditional hypothesis that caelebs goes back to a compound *kai̯elo-libh- (with the first element compared to Sanskrit kevala- “exclusively one's own, alone, whole” and the second to Gothic liban “to live,” English 1live) is now considered dubious.


First Known Use: 1680


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