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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Latin
Origin: caelibatus, from caelebs 'unmarried'

celibate

adjective
     
cel‧i‧bate
not married and not having sex, especially because of your religious beliefs [↪ virgin]:
Catholic priests are required to be celibate.
celibate noun [countable]
celibacy noun [uncountable]
a vow of celibacy

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