spinster

noun spin·ster \ ˈspin(t)-stər \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of spinster

1 : a woman whose occupation is to spin
2 a archaic : an unmarried woman of gentle family
b : an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying
3 : a woman who seems unlikely to marry

spinsterhood

play \ˈspin(t)-stər-ˌhu̇d\ noun

spinsterish

play \ˈspin(t)-st(ə-)rish\ adjective

spinsterly

adjective

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First Known Use of spinster

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of spinster for English Language Learners

  • : an unmarried woman who is past the usual age for marrying and is considered unlikely to marry


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spinster

noun spin·ster \ ˈspin-stər \

Definition of spinster for Students

: an unmarried woman past the usual age for marrying

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