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

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The first episode sets up the premise for this sextet of singletons and their co-dependency. Whitney Friedlander, CNN, "The 25 most relatable 'Friends' episodes as the show turns 25," 16 Aug. 2019 The very old, migrants, the sick or disabled, and singletons are most at risk of feeling lonely. The Economist, "A Dutch care home experiments with housing students with the old," 8 Aug. 2019 Since West’s king of hearts is surely a singleton, East must overtake it and continue with the jack. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: July 23, 2019," 23 July 2019 West, the Dormouse, led his singleton diamond, and the Hatter, East, took his ace. Frank Stewart, The Mercury News, "Bridge: July 9, 2019," 9 July 2019 The shift from selfish singleton to selfless parent is dramatic, especially in rodents. Teal Burrell, Discover Magazine, "Making Sense of Mommy Brain," 1 Jan. 2019 Related articles Among other accomplishments, Mr. Zhang is known for turning Singles Day, an informal holiday celebrated by China’s young singletons, into a phenomenal promotional vehicle for Alibaba’s online shopping platforms. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s Next Chairman, Fancies Himself a Free Spirit," 10 Sep. 2018 As temperatures drop and singletons look to cozy up with someone special, Metro reports that there’s a new troublesome dating phenomenon to be wary of: submarining. Fox News, "'Submarining' is latest dating woe to baffle romantics," 28 Sep. 2017 As centuries of forlorn singletons have learned and generations of songwriters have mastered, one of the best cures for heartbreak is the balm of music that speaks to our souls — or maybe helps us rationalize away the tears. Raisa Bruner, Time, "These Are the Best Songs to Help You Get Over a Breakup," 30 May 2018

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

Medical Definition of singleton

: an offspring born singly

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