spinster

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noun spin·ster \ˈspin(t)-stər\

Definition of spinster

  1. 1 :  a woman whose occupation is to spin

  2. 2a archaic :  an unmarried woman of gentle familyb :  an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying

  3. 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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14th Century

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14th century


SPINSTER Defined for English Language Learners

spinster

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noun spin·ster \ˈspin(t)-stər\

Definition of spinster for English Language Learners

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


SPINSTER Defined for Kids

spinster

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noun spin·ster \ˈspin-stər\

Definition of spinster for Students

  1. :  an unmarried woman past the usual age for marrying


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