un·​wed | \ ˌən-ˈwed How to pronounce unwed (audio) \

Definition of unwed

1 : not married an unwed mother unwed couples
2 : of or relating to unmarried persons an unwed pregnancy

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Synonyms & Antonyms for unwed


single, unattached, unmarried


attached, espoused, hitched, married, wedded (also wed)

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Both of them shared a mother who gave her daughter up for adoption as an unwed mother in the 1930s. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two half-siblings, ages 80 and 85, united by a curious niece and a genealogy website," 7 Sep. 2019 So does that mean ‘unwed parents’ cannot enroll their kids? NBC News, "Christian day care center rejects child because she has lesbian parents," 22 July 2019 If unwed, must be willing to actually get married on set. Keaton Patti, The New Yorker, "Commercial Casting Breakdowns," 16 Aug. 2019 As a result, couples are spending an increasing amount of their lives in the same home, but unwed. Dan Kopf, Quartzy, "How soon do couples usually move in together?," 12 July 2019 The practice targeted left-wing opponents of Franco’s regime, and later on, unwed mothers and poor families. Fox News, "Spain 'stolen baby' discovers she was willingly given up for adoption after DNA test finds biological family," 12 July 2019 In the piece, writer Joanna Weiss looks at how the fact that Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is unwed could affect his bid for the Oval Office. Michelle Garcia, Glamour, "The First Lady Has a Huge Job. It’s Time She Had a Salary to Match," 3 Apr. 2019 Francis met Saturday with some adult adoptees who were forcibly taken from their unwed biological mothers at birth. Sylvia Hui, Fox News, "Ireland seeks Church reparations for mass baby burials," 27 Aug. 2018 Spanish officials at homes for unwed pregnant women and hospital clinics allegedly took newborns from mothers who were considered leftists or communists and gave them to families connected to the Franco regime. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain’s ‘Stolen Babies’ Trial Explores a Franco Legacy," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of unwed

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unwed

: not married

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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