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 His singleness of purpose afforded no time for boredom. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 June 2022 In our early twenties, singleness was a community issue. Morgan Parker, ELLE, 4 June 2022 Media, tax breaks and healthcare incentives for married couples combine to communicate that singleness will be punished. Shaadi Devereaux,, 8 Nov. 2021 Is six years of singleness unusual for a busy single parent? Love, 15 June 2020 The stigma surrounding singleness has fluctuated considerably over time. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, 21 Dec. 2019 Will Clare be more decisive than some of her predecessors and more secure in her singleness? Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2020 And the social stigma of singleness was designed to nudge them back in line. T.l. Andrews, Quartz, 21 Dec. 2019 Kylie Jenner debuted her newfound singleness at the wedding. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of singleness

1560, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of singleness was in 1560

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8 Jul 2022

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“Singleness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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