Definition of single parent in English:

single parent


  • A person bringing up a child or children without a partner.

    [as modifier] ‘single-parent families’
    • ‘I grew up in a single-parent family, and my mother's very liberal.’
    • ‘The typical female offender comes from a single-parent home in which other family members have been incarcerated.’
    • ‘He grew up in a single-parent home in a tough area of Virginia Beach and didn't meet his father until two years ago.’
    • ‘Britain has the highest proportion of children being brought up in single-parent households in Europe.’
    • ‘Even if you were raised in a single-parent family, you'll have learnt from the relationships your parent was in, or developed expectations about what being alone is like.’
    • ‘It was uncommon to be a single-parent family in those days.’
    • ‘She said the 16-year-old was a bright student, but from a poor single-parent family.’
    • ‘Alternative models of family, including a matrifocal family or a single-parent household, are rendered pathological.’
    • ‘In single-parent families or families where both parents are at sea, the children are signed over to a guardian.’
    • ‘For single-parent families, we included subjects who had data for at least half of the items pertaining to the present parent.’
    • ‘I could not help but think that they were not only insulting same-sex parented families but also single-parent families.’
    • ‘Joycelyn lives in a single-parent home and her mom works and parties a lot.’
    • ‘Mills grew up on a council estate in Bow, east London, an only child in a single-parent family.’
    • ‘Mothers also shoulder the greater burden among single-parent families.’
    • ‘A household containing one parent, children, and no other adult was considered a single-parent family.’
    • ‘I think we should look at the single-parent households, both male and female, and how to remove barriers.’
    • ‘He was from a single-parent family, with his mother raising three on her own in very rural Oklahoma.’
    • ‘Young women who have children out of wedlock are much less likely to marry as they age and much more likely to bring up their children in a single-parent family.’
    • ‘Low rates of child support among single-parent families indicated a failure of parental responsibility.’
    • ‘The step-family may solve the poverty risks that haunt the single-parent family.’
    mother, father
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