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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Among the most odious were threats from state officials of fines or even jail time if parents didn’t send their young, unmarried daughters to work in factories in inner China . Washington Post, "China locks down Xinjiang a decade after deadly ethnic riots," 6 July 2019 Meanwhile, their husbands, sons, and unmarried daughters toiled in factories, shops, offices, and other people’s houses. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 An especially generous privilege belongs to the unmarried daughters of military men. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "These Developing Countries Are Getting Old Before They Get Rich, With Dire Consequences," 1 Apr. 2018 Man Woman is one of the best movies ever made about three unmarried daughters who live with their chef father. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "10 Non-Corny Thanksgiving Movies to Cue Up This Year," 22 Nov. 2017 In 1970, nearly a decade before the divorce peak, there were 76.5 marriages for every 1,000 unmarried women. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Divorce Rate Is at a 40-Year Low, Unless You’re 55 or Older," 21 June 2019 That same year, an unmarried woman named Cecilia Samuel was hanged after she was found guilty of drowning her baby in a ditch. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Trove of English Court Records Reveal Stories of Murder, Witchcraft, Cheese Theft," 14 June 2019 On Twitter, Megan McArdle suggested to me that the fix for the family structure problem is for Hollywood to become moralistic and scoldy about unmarried parents and to valorize bourgeois conventionality. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Family structure matters, but can we do anything about it?," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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