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

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While pondering how Perry could’ve become the man Celeste knew, Season 2 also addresses a detail revealed at the end of the prior season: Perry raped Jane during a one-night stand years ago and subsequently fathered her son, Ziggy (Iain Armitage). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Big Little Lies Ponders What Makes a Man," 10 June 2019 His 2008 debut Medicine for Melancholy is about a one-night stand between a social activist and a young, affluent professional that turns into a long day of talking about everything, including the differences that may keep them apart. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "If Beale Street Could Talk adapts James Baldwin’s novel into a haunting, gorgeous film," 18 Sep. 2018 The ads for legal hookups, dates, one-night stands, and relationships that sites like Craigslist enabled have all been silenced. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Lace reportedly went onto accuse Drake of raping her during their one-night stand in a complaint to New York. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Drake reportedly claims in lawsuit woman attempted to extort him using false rape, pregnancy claims," 19 Sep. 2018 That can mean everything from the freedom to have a one-night stand once a year while in another country to dating multiple partners. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "8 Signs a Sex Therapist Might Improve Your Life (and How to Find One)," 26 Oct. 2018 Romantic interactions seem to fall into two camps — the torrid one-night stand, or the interaction so meaningful that the characters are destined to find one another again. Daisy Alioto, The Cut, "The Underrated Beauty of the ‘Micro-Romance’," 9 Apr. 2018 Things take a turn for the worse when Gina mistakes their one-night stand for something more, and gets caught up in a manic obsession. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction and ‘Warrior’," 5 May 2018 Be aware that the other woman might have gotten pregnant from this glorious one-night stand. Amy Dickinson,, "Family opts out of destination wedding," 12 May 2018

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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


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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