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 Kevin has a breakdown on the lawn of a one-night stand. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 26 May 2021 The 29-minute short stars Joey Bada$$ as Carter, a man riding high off of a one-night stand who encounters a racist cop who harasses him and ultimately murders him in broad daylight … followed by Carter waking up in bed again. Joe Reid, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 So she'd been thrown off her Manic Pixie Dream Girl game when Orson had called after their one-night stand and asked her out again. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 29 Mar. 2021 In ‘Cucumber,’ the entire thing takes six episodes to head towards this disastrous one-night stand where a man is murdered. New York Times, 7 Feb. 2021 Yes, this one-night stand occurred before Akeem met Lisa. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 4 Mar. 2021 The story of a man forced to grow up when his one-night stand gets pregnant errs a bit too much on the side of the male view, but one can’t deny the pure laughs-per-minute ratio. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 23 Jan. 2021 In getting this point across to Kate, Ellie again expresses her deep regret about the one-night stand that resulted in the baby. Amanda Ostuni,, 18 Nov. 2020 Still, Marsh manages to tie it all together with humor and warmth, turning a one-night stand into a story with the emotional resonance to go the distance. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of one-night stand

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of one-night stand was in 1880

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“One-night stand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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one-night stand


English Language Learners Definition of one-night stand

: a situation in which you have sex with someone once and you do not continue in a relationship afterwards also : one of the people involved in this situation
: a performance of a play, concert, etc., that is given only once in a particular place


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