singleness

noun
sin·​gle·​ness | \ ˈsiŋ-gəl-nəs How to pronounce singleness (audio) \

Definition of singleness

: the quality or state of being single

Examples of singleness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stigma surrounding singleness has fluctuated considerably over time. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, "More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it," 21 Dec. 2019 Will Clare be more decisive than some of her predecessors and more secure in her singleness? Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "‘The Bachelorette’ casts Clare Crawley, 38, the show’s oldest star, reflecting a shift in the way we date now," 2 Mar. 2020 And the social stigma of singleness was designed to nudge them back in line. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, "More people are dying alone—and the global economy isn’t prepared for it," 21 Dec. 2019 Kylie Jenner debuted her newfound singleness at the wedding. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Gossip from Inside Justin and Hailey Bieber's Wedding," 2 Oct. 2019 Since her divorce from Matt more than three years ago, Amy has embraced her singleness, become a grandmother, and found love with boyfriend Chris Marek. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Amy Roloff Learned Matt Had 'More Than a Working Relationship' with His Girlfriend Before Divorce," 28 June 2019 Tinder’s latest ad campaign touts singleness, not settling down. Washington Post, "Tinder has more matchmaking power than your BFF. But dating apps aren’t necessarily your friends.," 19 June 2019 Nothing else catches us up in such singleness of purpose or gives us so righteous a high. Fred Niedner, Post-Tribune, "D-Day recollections remind us of horrors of war," 7 June 2019 Purity culture does not permit women to solve their singleness by taking matters into their own hands and going out and getting a man (and certainly not going out and getting any other kind of romantic partner). Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of singleness

1560, in the meaning defined above

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30 Apr 2020

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“Singleness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/singleness. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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