What does celibacy mean?

Definitions for celibacyˈsɛl ə bə si

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word celibacy.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. celibacy(noun)

    an unmarried status

  2. chastity, celibacy, sexual abstention(noun)

    abstaining from sexual relations (as because of religious vows)


  1. celibacy(Noun)

    Abstaining from marriage; the state of being unmarried.

  2. celibacy(Noun)

    Abstaining from sexual relations.

  3. Origin: From Latin caelibatus, perfect passive participle of caelibare, from caelebs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Celibacy(noun)

    the state of being unmarried; single life, esp. that of a bachelor, or of one bound by vows not to marry

  2. Origin: [See Celibate, n.]


  1. Celibacy

    Celibacy refers to a state of being unmarried and sexually abstinent, usually in association with the role of a religious official or devotee. In its narrow sense, the term is applied only to those for whom the unmarried state is the result of a sacred vow, act of renunciation, or religious conviction. Celibacy has existed in one form or another throughout history and in virtually all the major religions of the world. Celibacy is distinct from the lack of interest in sex, which may be due to a number of reasons, such as asexuality.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Celibacy

    sel′i-bas-i, or se-lib′as-i, n. a single life: an unmarried state.—adjs. Celibatā′rian, favouring celibacy; Cel′ibate, living single.—n. one unmarried, or not allowed to marry. [L. cœlebs, single.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of celibacy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of celibacy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Guy Goden:

    Celibacy is not hereditary.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    If the women are so respectable, then wondering why those men who abandoned their wife or had celibacy life are acceptable to us as sage or icon & why many proverbs speak against the lady only.

  3. William Cobbett:

    To suppose such a thing possible as a society, in which men, who are able and willing to work, cannot support their families, and ought, with a great part of the women, to be compelled to lead a life of celibacy, for fear of having children to be starved; to suppose such a thing possible is monstrous.

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