un·​mar·​ried | \ ˌən-ˈmer-ēd , -ˈma-rēd\

Definition of unmarried

: not married:
a : not now or previously married
b : being divorced or widowed

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Other Words from unmarried

unmarried noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for unmarried


single, unattached, unwed


attached, espoused, hitched, married, wedded (also wed)

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Examples of unmarried in a Sentence

an unmarried couple who are living together a girl who swore she'd remain unmarried for her whole life

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Who gets invited with a +1? Couples who need to limit their guest list should create general guidelines as to which of their single (or attached but unmarried) friends, can bring a date to the wedding. Myka Meier, Harper's BAZAAR, "All Your Wedding Etiquette Questions Asked & Answered," 31 Oct. 2018 The policy, which bars unaccompanied minor children, also excludes visitors who are not immediate family, including unmarried partners. Samantha Melamed, Philly.com, "A federal jail in Philly was blocking kids from seeing their dads - until now," 29 Apr. 2018 According to 2013 data from the Center for American Progress, nearly 75 percent of black breadwinning mothers are unmarried (compared to 29 percent of white women). Jocelyn Harmon, Glamour, "The Black Women's Wage Gap Is Systemic, but That Doesn't Mean It Can't Change," 7 Aug. 2018 Church-run homes in Ireland housed orphans, unmarried pregnant women and their babies for most of the 20th century. Sylvia Hui, Fox News, "Ireland seeks Church reparations for mass baby burials," 27 Aug. 2018 The nonprofit Voter Participation Center broadly credited a coalition of unmarried women, people of color, and millennials as key to flipping the House—something VPC’s Page Gardner forecasted in a preelection interview with Glamour. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is How Women Voted in the Midterms—and What It Means for Election 2020," 12 Nov. 2018 If appropriate, the agency will allow a spouse and unmarried children under 21 asylum as well. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Asylum 101: Here are the basics of what it is and who gets it," 22 June 2018 The veteran’s spouse and dependent children, as well as some unmarried adult children with disabilities, also may be eligible for the burial benefit. Wesley E. Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Burial benefits for veterans explained," 18 May 2018 The women worked at centers that provided free health care to unmarried mothers often impregnated by SS officers. Sarah Betancourt, The Christian Science Monitor, "From paranurses to snipers: Exhibit focuses on women's WWII contributions," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of unmarried

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unmarried

: not married


un·​mar·​ried | \ ˌən-ˈmer-ēd \

Kids Definition of unmarried

: not married : single

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a servile follower or underling

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