American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Not married; having no spouse.
- n. One who is not married.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not married; single: as, an unmarried woman or man. Commonly the word implies that the person to whom it is applied has never been married; but it may be used of a widow or widower, and possibly of a divorced person.
- adj. not married or related to the unmarried state
“˜All bachelors are unmarried males™ is an analytic statement, since the concept expressed by ˜unmarried male™ is contained in the concept expressed by ˜bachelor™.”
“Jenkins makes a good argument that Elizabeth's determination to remain unmarried stemmed not just from the abuse she suffered in her teens from her stepmother, Catherine Parr, and Parr's new husband Seymour, but also from the childhood echoes of her own mother's execution - an event she could barely remember, but which was echoed in the beheading of another stepmother when she was eight.”
“Where being unmarried is concerned, Miliband should be applauded for not racing down to the register office cynically to do the deed during the leadership campaign, definitely for refusing to propose on Daybreak.”
“Nowadays we no longer insist teachers take chastity vows, remain unmarried, fill the inkwells, clean the coal boilers, or do whatever else they did in the good old days.”
“Nepalese folklore holds that men who marry a former kumari will die young, and so many girls remain unmarried and face a life of hardship.”
“His vegetarianism, his abstinence from alcohol, and his refusal to engage in unmarried sex, do not enter into my judgment of his actions as an elected head of state.”
“KAYE: Maria is a fleck of gold in the gold mine known as unmarried women voters.”
“What people like Rick Santorum want to ensure is that OUR kids REMAIN in unmarried homes.”
“Today many women remain unmarried during their twenties.”
“It had been no sacrifice to remain unmarried, for she had never loved any one like her father, and her own home had been finer than any one else's.”
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