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

Definition of singleness

: the quality or state of being single

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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,, "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 By then, Katie had tried so many different ways to make her singleness bearable that the experience wasn’t even worth remembering. Good Housekeeping, "How the Purity Movement Made Women Giddy About Dating Jesus, and Ashamed to Masturbate," 27 Aug. 2018 Raised to be super achievers, their singleness is more sanitized. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Gift of Loneliness," 22 Dec. 2017 Her ensemble cast, most of whose members are Shaw Festival veterans, performs with a telepathic singleness of purpose. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "At the Shaw Festival, Memory and Madness," 17 Aug. 2017 Lawrence, too, as Season 2 begins, is trying his singleness on for size. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Insecure’s Nuanced Take on Singleness," 24 July 2017

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First Known Use of singleness

1560, in the meaning defined above

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