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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [sing-guh l]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl/
    • /ˈsɪŋɡl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [sing-guh l]
    • /ˈsɪŋ gəl/

Definitions of single word

  • adjective single only one in number; one only; unique; sole: a single example. 1
  • adjective single of, relating to, or suitable for one person only: a single room. 1
  • adjective single solitary or sole; lone: He was the single survivor. 1
  • adjective single unmarried or not in a romantic relationship: a single man. 1
  • adjective single pertaining to the unmarried state: the single life. 1
  • adjective single of or noting a parent who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner. 1

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Origin of single

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; late Middle English (adj.), Middle English sengle < Old French < Latin singulus individual, single (usually in the plural singuli one apiece), derivative of *sem- one (see simplex)

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Parts of speech for Single


single popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 98% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

single usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for single

adj single

  • a few — small number of
  • alone — When you are alone, you are not with any other people.
  • antithetic — of the nature of or involving antithesis.
  • as one — If a group of people does something as one, all the people do the same thing at the same time or in the same way.
  • at liberty — free, unoccupied, or unrestricted

adv single

noun single

  • bachelor — A bachelor is a man who has never married.
  • bank note — a promissory note issued by a bank, payable on demand: it is a form of paper money
  • base hit — a play in which the batter hits a fair ball and gets on base without benefit of an opponent's error and without forcing out a runner already on base
  • bingle — a minor crash or upset, as in a car or on a surfboard
  • cucumber — A cucumber is a long thin vegetable with a hard green skin and wet transparent flesh. It is eaten raw in salads.

verb single

  • button down — (of a shirt collar) having buttonholes so it can be buttoned to the body of the shirt.
  • depute — If you are deputed to do something, someone tells or allows you to do it on their behalf.
  • deputed — to appoint as one's substitute, representative, or agent.
  • designate — When you designate someone as something, you formally choose them to do that particular job.

adjective single

  • contradistinct — Distinguished by opposite qualities.
  • eligible — qualified for sth
  • exclusive — An item or story published or broadcast by only one source.
  • exclusory — Having the power or the function of excluding.
  • footloose — free to go or travel about; not confined by responsibilities.

adverb single

  • widowed — a woman who has lost her spouse by death and has not remarried.

Antonyms for single

adj single

  • affianced — betrothed; engaged.
  • allied — Allied forces or troops are armies from different countries who are fighting on the same side in a war.
  • bifold — foldable in two places
  • binary — Binary describes something that has two different parts.
  • binate — occurring in two parts or in pairs

noun single

  • body — Your body is all your physical parts, including your head, arms, and legs.
  • collectanea — a collection of excerpts from one or more authors; miscellany; anthology
  • combo — A combo is a small group of musicians who play jazz, dance, or popular music.
  • crowd — A crowd is a large group of people who have gathered together, for example to watch or listen to something interesting, or to protest about something.
  • deuce — Deuce is the score in a game of tennis when both players have forty points. One player has to win two points one after the other to win the game.

adjective single

  • double — twice as large, heavy, strong, etc.; twofold in size, amount, number, extent, etc.: a double portion; a new house double the size of the old one.
  • hybridised — Simple past tense and past participle of hybridise.
  • hybridized — Simple past tense and past participle of hybridize.
  • intermutual — (obsolete) mutual.
  • joint — the place at which two things, or separate parts of one thing, are joined or united, either rigidly or in such a way as to permit motion; juncture.

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