one-night stand


Definition of one-night stand

1 : a performance (as of a play or concert) given (as by a traveling group of actors or musicians) only once in each of a series of localities
2a : a locality used for one-night stands
b : a stopover for a one-night stand
3 : a sexual encounter limited to a single occasion also : a partner in such an encounter

Examples of one-night stand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film is an adaptation of Julianna Baggott and Steve Almond’s novel about a journalist and a photographer who, instead of a one-night stand, spend 24 hours sharing their romantic histories in the coat room at a friend’s wedding. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 12 May 2022 Fed up with everything, Anna goes hunting for a one-night stand on a dating app—but her wild fling soon snowballs into something a lot more substantial. Keely Weiss, Harper's BAZAAR, 25 Feb. 2022 Madison becomes Kate’s close friend, and later, after a one-night stand with Kevin, the pair become parents of twins. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Cassie in season 2 is just as erratic as last season, but given that her character had woken up to a dead man after a one-night stand, her behaviour seemed excusable. Harika Manne,, 22 May 2022 Early in Knocked Up, Ben Stone (played by Seth Rogen) tells his friends that a one-night stand has ended in pregnancy. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 The first season premiered in April 2021, introducing hapless Londoner Jessie (Matafeo), who has a one-night stand with a man who turns out to be an A-list movie star named Tom Kapoor (Nikesh Patel). Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 As their relationship grows from a one-night stand to something more, the two are forced to navigate familial and community obligations as well as decide where their priorities lie. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2022 Cancers ranked highest in having a one-night stand during the pandemic, with 11% engaging in one, compared with Libra at 4%. Maria Jimenez Moya, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of one-night stand

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“One-night stand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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