: of, relating to, or characterized by celibacy:
: not engaging in or characterized by sexual intercourse
- Because he regarded sex outside marriage as sinful, he remained celibate all his life.
- —Faith McNulty
- He pursued her avidly, writing her as many as three letters a day and even offering a celibate marriage to appease her fear of sex.
- —Ruth Franklin
- I'd been celibate for so long, what was another year without sex?
- —Sue Grafton
: abstaining from marriage and sex especially because of a religious vow
- Father Hawkins, for one, believes the priesthood would benefit from a broader mix of married and celibate priests.
- —Daniel McGinn
- I have met a few celibate monks in whom celibacy is truly a gift, a charism from which all—married or not—can learn …
- —John Garvey
- The Shakers, a celibate religious community, stress pacifism, equality and the communal ownership of material goods.
- —Lyn Riddle