Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who abstains; specifically, one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors; a teetotaler.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who abstains; esp., one who abstains from the use of intoxicating liquors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who refrains from drinking intoxicating beverages
  • noun someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline

Etymologies

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From Middle English absteiner, from absteinen ("to abstain").

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