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 Madison's doctor is important because her one-night stand with Kevin (Justin Hartley) resulted in a pregnancy (twins!), and her doctor convinces her to tell Kevin. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'This Is Us' Season 4 finale reveals pregnancy and marriage shockers," 26 Mar. 2020 Alfredo Narciso and Caroline Neff take part in a reading of Bess Wohl’s drama about a one-night stand between a female American tourist and a local Lothario. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Been meaning to learn more about Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham? Watch here," 29 Apr. 2020 Mia is the creative, bawdy one whose ideas are the lifeblood of the company’s sole standout product — a makeup kit for a one-night stand. Garrett Mitchell, Detroit Free Press, "The laughs are recycled in lifeless ‘Like a Boss’," 9 Jan. 2020 What was supposed to be a shallow, toot-it-and-boot-it one-night stand has grown and flourished to something far more meaningful. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Kathy Griffin is now married, thanks to Lily Tomlin," 2 Jan. 2020 The result of Qui-Gon Jinn's weirdest one-night stand? Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2019: These were our favorite shows and binges this year," 28 Dec. 2019 The play followed a California housewife and married New Jersey accountant who have a one-night stand at a country inn, then return to renew their affair one weekend each year for two decades. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Bernard Slade, Tony-nominated playwright who created TV’s ‘Partridge Family,’ dies at 89," 31 Oct. 2019 Mia is the creative, bawdy one whose ideas are the lifeblood of the company's sole standout product — a makeup kit for a one-night stand. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne can't elevate 'Like a Boss' to the C-suite," 8 Jan. 2020 The video begins with a blonde woman walking barefoot out of Horan’s apartment after a one-night stand. Helen Murphy,, "Niall Horan Releases Playful New Song and Music Video 'Nice to Meet Ya': Watch," 4 Oct. 2019

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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