- Refraining from indulgence, especially from the indulgence of appetite; abstemious; continent; temperate. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- One who abstains; a faster. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.]
- (usually capitalized, religion, historical) One of a sect who appeared in France and Spain in the 3rd century, and believed in abstinence towards meat and sex.