\ ˈchāst How to pronounce chaste (audio) \
chaster; chastest

Definition of chaste

1 : innocent of unlawful sexual intercourse
2 : celibate Monks lead a chaste life.
3 : pure in thought and act : modest was sincerely trying to be chaste
4a : severely simple in design or execution : austere chaste classicism the pure, chaste lines of ancient Greek buildings

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Other Words from chaste

chastely adverb
chasteness \ ˈchās(t)-​nəs How to pronounce chaste (audio) \ noun

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chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows. they maintained chaste relations pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions. the pure of heart modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity. preferred more modest swimsuits decent people didn't go to such movies

Examples of chaste in a Sentence

a chaste kiss on the cheek as one would expect, the minister's small talk is always chaste, even though he likes a joke as much as the next person
Recent Examples on the Web In the film, Lindon plays Suzanne, a teenager who engages in a flirtatious, chaste relationship with Raphaël (Arnaud Valois), a 35-year-old actor. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2021 Traditionally, these introductions are fairly chaste, Kampouris explained. Ariana Romero,, 7 May 2021 As social norms around sexuality, consent, and gender have evolved at a breakneck pace in recent years, fashion has grown cautiously chaste, according to Lauren Sherman, the chief correspondent for The Business of Fashion. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 5 May 2021 Anyone who hooked up on this unusually chaste season deserves an award in my opinion. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2021 Juggernauts like Fifty Shades nabbed film adaptations, but predominantly, romance readers had to settle for the likes of chaste, low-budget Lacey Chabert Hallmark vehicles aimed squarely at a lily-white demographic. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 14 Apr. 2021 Long’s addiction was real, say those familiar with his struggle to live a chaste life. Christian Boone, ajc, 26 Mar. 2021 While clearly chaste at the start, this is a romance that builds to a slow, sweet, and at times steamily, satisfying end. Usa Today Life Staff, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2021 The disease’s capriciousness ends up doling out tangy, ironic reversals, such as when a mostly chaste character meets his demise before the promiscuous ones do. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of chaste

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chaste

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin castus pure

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“Chaste.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chaste

old-fashioned : not having sex
: morally pure or decent : not sinful
: simple or plain


\ ˈchāst How to pronounce chaste (audio) \
chaster; chastest

Kids Definition of chaste

1 : pure in thought and act : modest
2 : simple or plain in design

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