Definition of unmarried in English:



  • Not married; single.

    • ‘Illegitimacy was no longer stigmatized and unmarried mothers were given all the rights of married women.’
    • ‘When I asked how many unmarried mothers in the town do not pay rent or council tax, I was told it was none of my business.’
    • ‘Susan Deacon, the health minister, was last week targeted by the Daily Record for being an unmarried mother.’
    • ‘In the past few months in Embsay a mother had murdered her child and an unmarried mother had died after drinking bleach.’
    • ‘With unmarried couples, a partner may not get anything if there is no will.’
    • ‘Swindon is the unmarried mother capital of the country, and as a nation we are not happy.’
    • ‘The migration rights of unmarried partners is a deeply divisive issue.’
    • ‘They are also much more likely to go on to prison, and girls often become unmarried mothers.’
    • ‘There is an irony in comparing how the law is moving in relation to married and unmarried couples on this issue.’
    • ‘There will rarely be problems for a legal spouse in a new country - but unmarried partners may both have to apply.’
    • ‘The unmarried or same sex partners of MPs will now receive an MP's pension after the MP dies.’
    • ‘I too was an unmarried mother in the Sixties, giving up my baby girl for adoption.’
    • ‘The others were two married corporals, a single corporal and two unmarried lance-corporals.’
    • ‘In a few years time I hope to become a pro-choice, unmarried, too-posh-to-push mother.’
    • ‘Bridget was just two weeks old when her mother, who was unmarried, left her in the care of the nuns.’
    • ‘The report found only a quarter of Scots believe unmarried parents to be worse than their married counterparts.’
    • ‘Hundreds of thousands of local government workers have been refused pensions for their unmarried partners.’
    • ‘They tried to make unmarried mothers pay more tax and get less benefit than married women.’
    • ‘Last but not least, unmarried, unattached, and completely available is quite attractive too!’
    • ‘I shudder to think what your in-laws are going to think of you shacking up with an unmarried mother.’
    unwed, unwedded, single, spouseless, partnerless, husbandless, wifeless
    spinster, bachelor
    celibate, chaste, maiden, virgin
    unattached, available, eligible, free, young, free, and single, footloose and fancy free
    separated, divorced, widowed
    left on the shelf
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