one-night stand

noun

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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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, chicagotribune.com, "Family opts out of destination wedding," 12 May 2018 Be aware that the other woman might have gotten pregnant from this glorious one-night stand. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Family opts out of destination wedding," 12 May 2018 The actress has revealed that all of the crazy one-night stands, sexcapades, and OMG-inducing moments are based on real events. refinery29.com, "Sex & The City," 6 June 2018 Be aware that the other woman might have gotten pregnant from this glorious one-night stand. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Family opts out of destination wedding," 12 May 2018 Some of those were ex-girlfriends and one-night stands. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "How the World Has Changed in the 25 Years Since the Final Cheers Episode," 22 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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one-night stand

noun

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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