one-night stand

noun

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
2
a
: 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 But even Debrett’s seemed to be infected by the times: one of its tips for girls was how to behave in the aftermath of a one-night stand. Sophie Elmhirst, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2024 The early scenes of Babes have a sketch-comedy feel, but the film eventually coalesces around a real narrative when Eden gets pregnant after a one-night stand with a struggling actor (Stephen James). Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2024 The Neon comedy follows Eden (Glazer), who gets pregnant from a one-night stand and seeks help from Dawn (Michelle Buteau), a married mother of two. Selome Hailu, Variety, 7 Mar. 2024 Solomon's latest book, Business or Pleasure, follows the story of an awful one-night stand that turns into a great career opportunity. Jessica Leon, EW.com, 21 June 2023 Most of the women who pop up are the band members’ girlfriends, wives, and one-night stands. Vulture, 18 Jan. 2024 Juno cast reunites to remember a 'preggo' eggo and 'pork swords' at the Oscars Credit: Suzanne Hanover/Universal Knocked Up (2009) Judd Apatow's rom-com takes a hilarious and relatable look at the aftermath of a one-night stand. James Mercadante and Kelsie Calderon, EW.com, 19 Sep. 2023 An abortive one-night stand blossoms into an unlikely best-friendship. TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 In The Flight Attendant, her character wakes up in a hotel room after a one-night stand and discovers a dead body in bed next to her, with ensuing dangerous complications. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“One-night stand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/one-night%20stand. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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