un·​mar·​ried | \ ˌən-ˈmer-ēd How to pronounce unmarried (audio) , -ˈma-rēd \

Definition of unmarried

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

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unmarried noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Morse, who is unmarried and gay, disclosed consensual relationships with students, though none under his instruction, and apologized for making anyone feel uneasy. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Top House Democrat Richard Neal bests Massachusetts primary challenger Alex Morse," 1 Sep. 2020 Additionally, there were stronger associations of the UIP with schooling among women, particularly unmarried women, as compared with men. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Vaccines have helped more kids go to school in India," 31 Aug. 2020 The organization raised $19 million in 2018 to increase voter participation among unmarried women, people of color and millennials, according to the center’s most recent federal tax filing. Washington Post, "Mail-in ballot applications in Virginia tap into worries about fraud with faulty instructions," 6 Aug. 2020 Heartbroken, Kawamoto vowed to remain unmarried for the rest of his life. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Nine Eyewitness Accounts of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," 5 Aug. 2020 The Dutch government has an extensive list of requirements for unmarried couples, namely that the noncitizen partner is restricted to a maximum visit of 90 days. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Non-European citizens can visit their unmarried partners in 10 EU countries, but some require proof," 15 Aug. 2020 Now thousands of unmarried committed couples are demanding Canada's government give them exemption from the travel restrictions too. Jamie L. Lareau, USA TODAY, "She hasn't seen her Canadian boyfriend in months. They want the same border rights as married couples.," 3 July 2020 The Constitutional Court has ruled that children of unmarried people who were denaturalized by Nazis are eligible for German citizenship. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Points of Progress: Fiji reefs restored with traditional knowledge, and more," 10 July 2020 Online campaigns such as #LoveIsEssential and #LoveIsNotTourism are urging lawmakers to allow unmarried couples to reunite despite the ban. Washington Post, "Everything Americans need to know about the E.U. travel ban," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of unmarried

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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16 Sep 2020

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“Unmarried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarried. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unmarried

: not married


un·​mar·​ried | \ ˌən-ˈmer-ēd How to pronounce unmarried (audio) \

Kids Definition of unmarried

: not married : single

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