unmarried

unmarried, single, celibate, virgin, maiden are comparable as adjectives when they mean not united in bonds of marriage.
Unmarried merely states the fact; it is usually applied to those who have not yet married, but in law, it is applicable to a person who has been divorced and has not remarried and, sometimes, to one who has been widowed
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an unmarried woman

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he said he would remain unmarried

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the question of being both unchaste and unmarried apparently never arises— Marcuse

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Single is applied to those who are not yet married but is commonly used of those who remain unmarried through life
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housing problems of single men and women

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has to take anything she can get in the way of a husband rather than face penury as a single woman— Shaw

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Celibate may be applied to the state of one having no expectation of marrying and it is especially applicable to that of one who is bound by a solemn vow to abstain from taking a mate. It is used chiefly of priests, monks, and nuns, of others who have dedicated their lives to religion, or of men or women who have accepted a way of life incompatible with having a spouse or children
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the masses of [Orthodox] believers preferred to confess to the celibate holy men ... in the distant monastery— Burks

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the dandy must be celibate, cloistral; is, indeed, but a monk with a mirror for beads and breviary—an anchorite, mortifying his soul that his body may be perfect— Beerbohm

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Virgin tends to stress a pure unsullied state of chastity. It usually applies to the unmarried but it may also be referred to the married when the marital relation has not been con-summated, usually on grounds of choice
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Saint Ursula and her virgin companions

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the young chief could not be told ... for he was married, and the secret could be given only to a virgin youth— Corlett

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Maiden holds much the same implications as virgin, but it often differs in its heightened implication of not having married and in its subdued suggestion of purity and freedom from sexual intercourse
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he has two maiden sisters

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his mind partly on a slit-skirted maiden cyclist— Birney

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  • unmarried — c.1300, from UN (Cf. un ) (1) not + pp. of MARRY (Cf. marry) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unmarried — [adj] not presently wed bachelor, eligible, husbandless, single, sole, spouseless, unattached, uncoupled, unwed, unwedded, widowed, wifeless; concept 555 Ant. married, wed …   New thesaurus

  • unmarried — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not married; single …   English terms dictionary

  • unmarried — [spelling only] …   English World dictionary

  • unmarried — [[t]ʌ̱nmæ̱rid[/t]] ADJ Someone who is unmarried is not married. They refused to rent an apartment to an unmarried couple …   English dictionary

  • unmarried —    homosexual    Most bachelors are not homosexual, and, as ever, the euphemistic use depends on the context:     Neighbours of unmarried Mr Hamilton contacted police six months ago... a male model and a tenant at Mr Hamilton s house... is acting …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • unmarried — adjective Date: 14th century not married: a. not now or previously married b. being divorced or widowed • unmarried noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unmarried — 1. adjective Having no husband or wife. Syn: single, unhitched Ant: married 2. noun An unmarried person …   Wiktionary

  • unmarried — adj. Unmarried is used with these nouns: ↑aunt, ↑brother, ↑couple, ↑daughter, ↑father, ↑girl, ↑mother, ↑mum, ↑parent, ↑partner, ↑sister, ↑woman …   Collocations dictionary

  • unmarried — un|mar|ried [ˌʌnˈmærid] adj not married = ↑single ▪ unmarried mothers …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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