abstention from sexual relations.
abstention by vow from marriage:
the celibacy of priests.
the state of being unmarried.
1660s, formed in English, with -cy + Latin caelibatus “state of being unmarried,” from caelebs “unmarried,” probably from PIE root *kaiwelo- “alone” + lib(h)s- “living.”
a person who abstains from sexual relations. a person who remains unmarried, especially for religious reasons. observing or pertaining to sexual abstention or a religious vow not to marry. not married. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples noun a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity adjective unmarried, esp by […]
Louis-Ferdinand [lwee-fer-dee-nahn] /lwi fɛr diˈnɑ̃/ (Show IPA), (Louis F. Destouches) 1894–1961, French novelist and physician. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples noun Louis-Ferdinand (lwifɛrdinɑ̃), real name Louis-Ferdinand Destouches. 1894–1961, French novelist and physician; became famous with his controversial first novel Journey to the End of the Night (1932)
celio- pref. Variant of celo-1.
celioenterotomy ce·li·o·en·ter·ot·o·my (sē’lē-ō-ěn’tə-rŏt’ə-mē) n. An incision into the intestine through the abdominal wall.