\ 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 chasteness (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 Their night together — which plays out over almost a quarter of the novel — is a chaste tryst of refined conversation and anguished reflection. Washington Post, "In ‘Jack,’ Marilynne Robinson’s fourth Gilead novel, a lost soul embarks on an impossible love affair," 21 Sep. 2020 Even though Callixtus was pretty chill as far as Renaissance popes go, apparently even managing to remain chaste, he and his family were always viewed with suspicion. Anne Thériault, Longreads, "Queens of Infamy: Lucrezia Borgia," 28 May 2020 But no: even when a kitchen scene has Chris wrapping his arms around Ry to show her how to chop something, the chaste movie refuses to pay off on the Ghost-passion-vibes causing older viewers to snicker. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Endless': Film Review," 14 Aug. 2020 Some light handholding, or maybe a chaste peck on the mouth, are on the table. Ariana Romero,, "Is Love, Victor The Anti-Euphoria? This Is What Star Michael Cimino Says," 17 June 2020 Not the chaste, faceless underwear models from the J. C. Penney catalog, but actual, honest-to-goodness naked men. B. Pietras, Longreads, "Secret Museums," 27 Apr. 2020 Back in 1999, a pre-fame Jeremy Camp (K.J. Apa of fame, in a more chaste role and bland performance) has left his parents (Gary Sinise and Shania Twain) back in Indiana and is in his freshman year of college in California. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The Erwin brothers keep the faith and the playbook with ‘I Still Believe’," 12 Mar. 2020 Previously, all Britney got to share with her onscreen beaus were a few chaste kisses, some hand-holding, and a weird pillow fight. Danielle Gibson, Glamour, "A Complete History of Britney Spears’s Music Videos," 10 Apr. 2020 In The Parent’s Assistant; Or, Stories for Children (1796), Edgeworth penned brief, chaste tales intended to instruct young boys and girls in the proper decorum for English youth. Longreads, "“The Leaky Vessel”: On Lewis Carroll and the Perils of Being Female," 27 Mar. 2020

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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 25 Nov. 2020.

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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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