\ˈchāst \
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

b : clean, spotless

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Other Words from chaste

chastely adverb
chasteness \ˈchās(t)-​nəs \ 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

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Indeed, previous girl muses were chaste, inviting, and caught in amber. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 But Diane rescues him and reunites the innocents, thus allowing love into her chaste domain. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018 Too often, she is depicted in modern historical accounts as a bit dull: a chaste and bloodless widow, entombed in her own piety, devoted only to God. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Woman’ Review: A Lady of Letters," 27 Apr. 2018 Dandelions, lilacs, purple giant hyssop, chaste tree, mints, chervil or parsley, dill, etc., sport tiny flowers that contain nectar these insects can reach. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 Kopechne was one of this group, and the film treats her with great respect and presents her relationship with Ted as chaste and above board. Kenneth Turan,, "'Chappaquiddick' is a murky exploration of an infamous political scandal," 5 Apr. 2018 The error was widely recognized by the eighteenth century, but the rule of chaste monochrome persisted well into modern times, even as modernism suppressed figurative imagery. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "“Like Life” Shows Seven Hundred Years of the Body," 24 Mar. 2018 This admiration has been reflected in movies here that show North Korean women as purer, more chaste, and North Korean men as more resolute, handsome, and cooler than their South Korean counterparts. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Sympathy for North Korea," 3 Jan. 2018 As Glaze went in for a chaste kiss on the cheek, Perry turned her head at the last second and landed a kiss on the lips! Christina Dugan,, "He Kissed a Girl and He Liked It! Katy Perry Surprises 19-Year-Old American Idol Contestant with His First Smooch," 11 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of chaste

: not having sex

: morally pure or decent : not sinful

: simple or plain


\ˈchāst \
chaster; chastest

Kids Definition of chaste

1 : pure in thought and act : modest

2 : simple or plain in design

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