unmarried

adjective

un·​mar·​ried ˌən-ˈmer-ēd How to pronounce unmarried (audio)
-ˈma-rēd
: not married:
a
: not now or previously married
b
: being divorced or widowed
unmarried noun

Example Sentences

an unmarried couple who are living together a girl who swore she'd remain unmarried for her whole life
Recent Examples on the Web Of them, about 710,000 of them were married, and 500,000 were unmarried. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 In addition, of all women who had abortions that year, 86.3% were unmarried and 60.9% already had at least one child, according to the report. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 23 Nov. 2022 The consequences include stigma against unmarried women, online censorship of feminist discourse, and lack of action against gender discrimination in the workplace. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 31 Oct. 2022 Mindy Kaling opened up about the stigma surrounding unmarried women and single moms, speaking to Meghan Markle about South Asian shame culture in particular. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 7 Sep. 2022 Friends and colleagues said Simonova, who was unmarried and had no children, had recently redeployed from the east to the southern Kherson region, where Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive against Russian forces. Inna Varenytsia, ajc, 17 Sep. 2022 Cook said German was unmarried and did not have children, but did have surviving siblings. Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2022 According to Xie, bridesmaids need to be unmarried and cannot be taller than the bride. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 22 July 2022 O’Shea elicits from a woman who got pregnant as an unmarried teenager and was forced into a mother and baby home run by Catholic nuns. Natalia Winkelman, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unmarried was in the 15th century

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“Unmarried.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unmarried. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

unmarried

adjective

un·​mar·​ried ˌən-ˈmar-ēd How to pronounce unmarried (audio)
: not married:
a
: not now or previously married
b
: being divorced or widowed

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