un·​at·​tached ˌən-ə-ˈtacht How to pronounce unattached (audio)
: not assigned or committed (as to a particular task, organization, or person)
especially : not married or engaged
: not seized as security for a legal judgment
: not joined or united
unattached buildings

Examples of unattached in a Sentence

My brother is currently unattached. everyone was surprised when the unattached woman finally fell in love
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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of unattached was in 1796

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“Unattached.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattached. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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un·​at·​tached ˌən-ə-ˈtacht How to pronounce unattached (audio)
: not attached
: not married or engaged

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