single Definition

  • 1only one; not one of several
  • 2unmarried or not involved in a romantic relationship
  • 3a music release consisting of only one track

Using single: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "single" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I live in a single room apartment.

  • Example

    She is a single mother with two kids.

  • Example

    He released a single from his upcoming album.

  • Example

    I am currently single and not looking for a relationship.

single Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with single

  • to choose or select someone or something from among others


    The teacher singled out the best student for praise.

  • single-handed

    done by one person without help from others


    He single-handedly built the entire house.

  • a line of people or things arranged one behind the other


    The students walked in single file to the classroom.

Origins of single

from Old French 'sengle', meaning 'alone'


Summary: single in Brief

The term 'single' [ˈsɪŋɡl] refers to something that is alone or not part of a group, such as a single room apartment or a single track music release. It can also describe someone who is not married or in a romantic relationship. Phrases like 'single out' and 'single file' denote selecting or arranging things one by one.

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