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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Recent Examples on the Web Lack of access to birth control, severe poverty, and the shaming of unwed mothers insured a steady supply of children whose parents couldn’t care for them; babies were sometimes stolen from hospitals and homes and then sold. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2021 Born in Rome at a charity ward for unwed mothers, Loren was raised in extreme poverty by an aspiring actress who looked exactly like Greta Garbo. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 20 Sep. 2021 The Supreme Court ruling, for instance, could open the door for religious entities taking government dollars to turn away unwed mothers from doctor's offices, Jews or Muslims from homeless shelter spots and any number of other scenarios. Allison Hope, CNN, 17 June 2021 The result is that our medical program will finance more than fifty thousand abortions of unwed mothers in the coming year on such flimsy diagnosis. Time, 1 June 2021 Saint Nicholas is second only to the Blessed Mother for patronages — everyone from unwed maidens to bankers to perfumers to victims of judicial mistakes. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 6 Dec. 2020 Infant Asylum operated as an orphanage and home for unwed mothers until the 1970s. Andrew Sessa, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2021 During World War II, the father of an unwed mother marries her off to a farmer who will raise her baby as his own. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2021 Her family sent her to a home for unwed mothers (there were some 200 nationwide). CBS News, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of unwed

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Oct 2021

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“Unwed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwed. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unwed

: not married


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