sin·​gle·​ton ˈsiŋ-gəl-tən How to pronounce singleton (audio)
: a card that is the only one of its suit originally dealt to a player
: an individual member or thing distinct from others grouped with it
: an offspring born singly
singletons are more common than twins

Examples of singleton in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In two-minute videos posted to the show’s Instagram and TikTok accounts, which collectively have nearly 400,000 followers, Ms. Dag facetiously interviews local singletons about their biggest dating failures, quirks, kinks and toxic traits. Inge Oosterhoff, New York Times, 20 Apr. 2024 Against that reasonable contract, West led his singleton club, and East won and returned a club for down one, no swing. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 26 Mar. 2024 West led the deuce of clubs, which looked, waddled and quacked like a singleton; still, declarer took the queen, drew trumps and led another club. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 Then against four hearts, West led his singleton diamond: king, eight, seven. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, 20 Feb. 2024 There’s no widespread asymmetrical power structure with singletons at the top and twins at the bottom. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 Using data from the National Vital Statistics System, the analysis only looks at singleton births, since multiple births like twins and triplets tend to be born at earlier gestational ages, the authors note. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 31 Jan. 2024 On average, adult twins seem to be healthier and more content than singletons. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 The relative rarity of twins invites speculation about how their experience is distinct from that of singletons—and what that distinctiveness can teach us about personhood. Christine Rosen, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2023

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Word History


French, from English single

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of singleton was in 1863

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“Singleton.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


sin·​gle·​ton ˈsiŋ-gəl-tən How to pronounce singleton (audio)
: an offspring born singly

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