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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After the 2016 Pulse night club shooting in Florida, unmarried partners of those slain did not qualify for assistance, sparking frustration in the LGBTQ community. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Sutherland Springs receives millions in donations to massacre relief fund," 8 July 2018 The unmarried also had a 43 percent increased likelihood of coronary heart disease death and a 55 percent increased risk for death from stroke. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Marriage May Be Good for Your Heart," 29 June 2018 Young, unmarried males would be the first to go—the government set itself a quota of removing 600 a month—followed by women and older men and the approximately 5,000 children who had been born in Israel. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 26 June 2018 That place turned out to be Dubai, where unmarried women can still be arrested or deported for the crime of becoming pregnant. New York Times, "You Can’t Hurt Lindsay Lohan Now," 26 June 2018 Because of the stigma attached to being unmarried and pregnant, organizations do not have exact figures for the number of pregnancies resulting from rape. Susannah Savage, Washington Post, "‘A lot of shame’: Rohingya camps brace for wave of babies conceived in rape," 22 May 2018 There's a casting call for unmarried Kentucky couples. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Temptation Island reboot searching for Kentucky couple," 13 July 2018 In addition, an unmarried young woman didn’t go out without a chaperone, usually an older female relative. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 After all, this is a woman over 40 choosing to be unmarried and childless, and it's presented as a glamorous and enviable lifestyle. Patti Greco, Glamour, "The Men of Samantha Jones: 8 Actors on Playing Infamous Sex and the City Flings," 6 June 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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