Definition of spinster
1 : a woman whose occupation is to spin
2a archaic : an unmarried woman of gentle familyb : an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying
3 : a woman who seems unlikely to marry
spinsterhoodplay \ˈspin(t)-stər-ˌhu̇d\ noun
spinsterishplay \ˈspin(t)-st(ə-)rish\ adjective
Recent Examples of spinster from the Web
Girls of gentleness and refinement do not care to be courted upon the open highway, nor in public parks, and thus the world is filling with spinsters who . .
And yet, for all the hand-wringing over the lonely spinster, the real loser in society—the only one to have made just slight financial gains since the 1970s—is the single man, whether poor or rich, college-educated or not.
Last year was a weird one for music: A Scottish spinster singing an old show tune became a YouTube sensation.
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First Known Use of spinster
SPINSTER Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of spinster for Students
: an unmarried woman past the usual age for marrying
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