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.
a person who is unmarried, esp one who has taken a religious vow of chastity
unmarried, esp by vow
abstaining from sexual intercourse
1610s, “state of celibacy” (especially as mandated to clergy in the Catholic church) from French célibat (16c.), from Latin caelibatus (see celibacy). This was the only sense until earl 19c. The adjective meaning “unmarried, sworn to remain single” is recorded from 1825. As a noun, one who is sworn to such a condition, from 1838.
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.
celiomyositis ce·li·o·my·o·si·tis (sē’lē-ō-mī’ə-sī’tĭs) n. Inflammation of the abdominal muscles.