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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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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Four unmarried children will live with him and his wife. Washington Post, "US sanctions squeeze Iran middle class, upend housing sector," 23 July 2019 Over the past few decades, homosexual couples and unmarried women in France that wanted children had to get creative. Brianna Holt, Quartz, "A new French law could offer IVF for unmarried women and lesbians," 8 Aug. 2019 In 2016, Clinton won unmarried women by almost 30 points. Salena Zito, Twin Cities, "Salena Zito: Lara Trump tries to fix her party’s woman problem," 25 July 2019 Valentina Cortese was born in Milan on Jan. 1, 1923, to an unmarried woman who left her in the care of a family of poor farmers in Lombardy. Paul Vitello, New York Times, "Valentina Cortese, a Leading Italian Film Actress, Dies at 96," 10 July 2019 Fifty years ago, one in 10 births were to unmarried women. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "Despite High Costs, More Women Are Interested in Single Motherhood," 29 June 2019 My ex just turned 60 and remains unmarried but may possibly marry at some future time. Liz Weston, Los Angeles Times, "How asking for a credit limit increase can help your credit score," 28 July 2019 Ultimately, Catron must confront the empirical reality of unmarried parenting in the United States. Alan J. Hawkins, National Review, "What You Lose When You Diss the Public Good of Marriage," 10 July 2019 Related Articles Epstein, who is unmarried and whose friends have included President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and Britain’s Prince Andrew, was arrested Saturday at an airport in New Jersey, just outside New York City. Jim Mustian, Twin Cities, "Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein charged with molesting dozens of girls," 8 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce unmarried (audio) \

Kids Definition of unmarried

: not married : single

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