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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One wonders if Trump knows that Founding Father and fellow New Yorker Alexander Hamilton was an immigrant born to unmarried parents on the West Indian island of Nevis. Allyson Hobbs, The Root, "After 1 Year of Trump, America Is Losing Its Soul," 20 Jan. 2018 This did not apply to heterosexual unmarried couples. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The US won’t give visas to same-sex partners of UN officials anymore," 2 Oct. 2018 In the 1950s, this practice evolved to target low-income families and unmarried couples seen as inappropriate guardians of young children. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "Thousands of infants in Spain were abducted and given away. Now, a doctor will stand trial.," 26 June 2018 In a recent meeting, Mr. Hobbs raised eyebrows by claiming the increases were intended, in part, to persuade unmarried couples to move in with each other to pool rent payments, according to two people in attendance. New York Times, "Behind Trump’s Plan to Overhaul the Government: Scaling Back the Safety Net," 21 June 2018 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

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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