Definition of one-parent in English:



  • Denoting or relating to a family consisting of one person bringing up a child or children without a partner.

    ‘the number of one-parent families is increasing’
    • ‘Children in one-parent households are more likely to have their own phone.’
    • ‘The same benefits will also apply to one-parent family payment recipients, and those receiving unemployment benefit.’
    • ‘On the other hand, though, the fact that only Bradford outside London is to be included in this scheme because of its high proportion of one-parent families does not reflect well on the place.’
    • ‘People supported by the centre include one-parent families, teenage parents and people from the local homeless hostel.’
    • ‘The importance Laidlaw places on the father/son relationship can be seen by the way in which he has supported a project called Big Brothers and Sisters, which matches children from one-parent families with mentors.’
    • ‘The friends endured years of financial strain in one-parent families and living on the poverty line while attending London College of Music and Media in Ealing.’
    • ‘A matriarchal household is the benevolent term for what was a tough, financially difficult, one-parent upbringing.’
    • ‘One quarter of our precious children live in one-parent families.’
    • ‘More than half of the suicidal callers were from one-parent families and one-fifth were living ‘outside traditional family structures’ - for instance, in care or on the streets.’
    • ‘Charity Single Parent Action Network offers information on anything affecting one-parent families from benefits to concerns about children.’
    • ‘The growth in the number of one-parent families was also a factor as was the fact that grandparents were not passing on parenting skills because they were often not in contact with their children and their grandchildren.’
    • ‘Think of the various versions of the one-parent family, resulting from conception outside a marriage or relationship, or from separation or divorce, or from bereavement.’
    • ‘Experts associate this trend with the increase in the numbers of children living in one-parent families or stepfamilies.’
    • ‘Milburn, a product of a one-parent family, grew up amid the declining industrial landscape of the north-east of England.’
    • ‘The main victims of Sunday trading are the children, particularly if they belong to a one-parent family and that parent has to work on a Sunday.’
    • ‘Nationally, the number of one-parent families is estimated at 1.7 million - about a quarter of all families.’
    • ‘A special recovery squad of 12 civil servants is expected to save the taxpayer €14.9m this year, out of a €660m bill for one-parent family payments.’
    • ‘Many of our young carers are living in one-parent families and the majority of families where there is a sick or disabled member suffer financial hardship as the earning power is usually much reduced.’
    • ‘He grew up in a one-parent family, so I should have guessed that he'd be lighter on the ‘family values’ stuff than many of the President's supporters.’
    • ‘This isn't a criticism of one-parent families.’