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 In some places, Taliban commanders have reportedly demanded lists of widows and unmarried women between 15 and 45 to be married off to their fighters. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 That alarmed many Southerners, who feared that the procedure was being used—and abused—by unmarried women. Sarah Varney, Quartz, 5 Aug. 2021 Women with higher educational levels, especially unmarried women, tend to put off childbearing until their early 30s. Ann M. Oberhauser, The Conversation, 6 July 2021 The Franciscan Plano Carpini, who traveled the empire as papal legate in 1246, described a draconian tax collector demanding one in three boys from every Russian family, as well as unmarried women. Colin Thubron, The New York Review of Books, 6 July 2021 Still, for the unmarried among them, the 2021 wedding season has imparted its fair share of lessons. Ashely Fetters Washington Post, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 According to local media RTHK, the man was 50, unmarried and lived with his parents. CNN, 9 July 2021 Still, for the unmarried among them, the 2021 wedding season has imparted its fair share of lessons. Washington Post, 6 July 2021 Not every unmarried, nonworking mother who dropped out of high school has a substance-abuse problem. Robert Doar, WSJ, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use of unmarried

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unmarried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarried. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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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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