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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The women worked at centers that provided free health care to unmarried mothers often impregnated by SS officers. Sarah Betancourt, The Christian Science Monitor, "From paranurses to snipers: Exhibit focuses on women's WWII contributions," 25 May 2018 The women worked at centers that provided free health care to unmarried mothers often impregnated by SS officers. Washington Post, "From snipers to moms: World War II exhibit focuses on women," 25 May 2018 The government is mulling extending them to unmarried couples. The Economist, "No country resorts to IVF more than Japan—or has less success," 24 May 2018 The majority of the punished were single — unmarried, widowed, or married women whose husbands were prisoners of war. Ann Mah, Time, "This Picture Tells a Tragic Story of What Happened to Women After D-Day," 6 June 2018 In 1969, McCorvey, who lived in Texas, was 22, unmarried, and looking to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "What is Roe v. Wade? Everything you need to know," 5 June 2018 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

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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