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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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