sin·​gle·​ton | \ ˈsiŋ-gəl-tən How to pronounce singleton (audio) \

Definition of singleton

1 : a card that is the only one of its suit originally dealt to a player
2a : an individual member or thing distinct from others grouped with it
b : an offspring born singly singletons are more common than twins

Examples of singleton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My chance of a pregnancy resulting in a normal weight, full-term singleton birth from one round of IVF is a mere 2.2%, according to a 2016 report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Stephanie Land, CNN, 2 Oct. 2020 At the end of each episode, the singleton will pick a person to go on a second date. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, 12 June 2020 In this luxury no-bone zone, will the serial singletons be able to form deeper emotional connections? Aurelie Corinthios,, 17 Apr. 2020 The spinster was replaced by the cocktail/wine-swigging singleton. Vicky Spratt,, 1 May 2020 From 2005 through 2018, there were 423 singleton births, 34 at less than 37 weeks’ gestation. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 There are several options to narrow the field (hey, this pandemic isn’t going to last forever, right?) for singletons, cohabitants and disconnected couples alike. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2020 Naturally, this makes the singletons -- who have spent their time up to this point prancing around in string bikinis (the gals) and showing off their six-pack torsos (the guys) -– gasp and gripe. oregonlive, 16 Apr. 2020 For a study in JAMA Network Open, scientists recorded fish consumption and blood mercury levels in 805 women with singleton pregnancies and then followed their children’s metabolic health for an average of eight years. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of singleton

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for singleton

French, from English single

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The first known use of singleton was in 1863

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“Singleton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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sin·​gle·​ton | \ ˈsiŋ-gəl-tən How to pronounce singleton (audio) \

Medical Definition of singleton

: an offspring born singly

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