from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Morally pure in thought or conduct; decent and modest.
- adj. Not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal.
- adj. Abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse.
- adj. Abstaining from all sexual intercourse; celibate.
- adj. Pure or simple in design or style; austere.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. abstaining from sexual intercourse, celibate
- adj. virginal, innocent, having had no sexual experience
- adj. simple, austere, undecorative
- adj. modest, decent, morally pure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pure from unlawful sexual intercourse; virtuous; continent.
- adj. Pure in thought and act; innocent; free from lewdness and obscenity, or indecency in act or speech; modest.
- adj. Pure in design and expression; correct; free from barbarisms or vulgarisms; refined; simple.
- adj. Unmarried.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Possessing chastity or sexual purity; continent; virtuous; pure.
- Celibate; unmarried.
- Free from obscenity or impurity: as, chaste conversation.
- In a figurative sense: As applied to language and literary style, free from uncouth or equivocal words and phrases, and from affected or extravagant expressions; not affected or grandiloquent.
- In art, free from meretricious ornament or affectation; severely simple.
- To chasten; discipline; punish; chastise. See chasten and chastise, which have taken the place of this verb.
- To reduce to submission; tame.
- To bring or keep under control; restrain, as the passions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse
- adj. morally pure (especially not having experienced sexual intercourse)
- adj. pure and simple in design or style
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin castus; see kes- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French chaste ("morally pure"), from Latin castus ("pure"). (Wiktionary)