from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who abstains from sexual intercourse, especially by reason of religious vows.
- n. One who is unmarried.
- adj. Abstaining from sexual intercourse, especially by reason of religious vows.
- adj. Unmarried; unwed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not married.
- adj. Abstaining from sexual relations and pleasures.
- n. Person who is not married, especially one who has taken a religious vow not to get married, usually because of being a member of a religious community.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Unmarried; single.
- n. Celibate state; celibacy.
- n. One who is unmarried, esp. a bachelor, or one bound by vows not to marry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A single life; celibacy.
- n. One who adheres to or practises celibacy; a bachelor, especially a confirmed bachelor.
- Unmarried; single: as, a celibate life.
- To lead a single life. Fortnightly Rev.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an unmarried person who has taken a religious vow of chastity
- adj. abstaining from sexual intercourse
The reason that priests are to remain celibate is financial.
And what is happening is an unraveling of the whole, what I call the celibate sexual system.
All of which points to a question: What if two men love each other, and want to spend their lives living and being together -- but also agree to remain celibate?
These are real people - people who still support the war, people who believe that women should be subservient to men, people who believe that gays should strive to be cured or remain celibate!
No one has asked for assurances that they plan to remain celibate before marriage.
It is an unnatural state (but then again, aren't lying and stealing also?) and homosexuals should not embrace their sinful nature and should remain celibate if loving the opposite sex prove too difficult.
He will never marry and will remain celibate all of his life.
A tramp, therefore, is a celibate from the moment when he takes to the road.
If they want to remain celibate, well that’s their custom.
The Church allows gay clergy to register their civil partnerships, but requests that they remain celibate.