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one-night stand

[wuhn-nahyt] /ˈwʌnˌnaɪt/
a single performance in one locale, as by a touring theatrical company, before moving on to the next engagement.
a place where such a performance is given.
  1. a single, unrepeated sexual encounter, as one lasting for just one night.
  2. a participant in such an encounter.
Origin of one-night stand
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for one-night stand
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  • Then there is a "two-day stand" and a "one-night stand," which are self-explanatory.

  • When I turn that tale loose we'll make a one-night stand of it by the grub-wagon.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • They had only known each other for a day, only had a one-night stand.


    Cory Doctorow
  • By the way, Mr. Morgan, we shall leave your trunks, but I can supply you with everything for a 'one-night stand.'

    Sons and Fathers

    Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • I began to feel more like an extra super in a one-night stand than a real soldier.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • The first test of his resource came at a one-night stand—Waupaca, Iowa—where "Lemons" was billed as a feature.

    Charles Frohman: Manager and Man

    Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
British Dictionary definitions for one-night stand

one-night stand

a performance given only once at any one place
  1. a sexual encounter lasting only one evening or night
  2. a person regarded as being only suitable for such an encounter
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Slang definitions & phrases for one-night stand

one-night stand

noun phrase

  1. A performing engagement for one evening only: Not a bad gig, but just a one-night stand (1880+)
  2. A casual sex act; a brief sexual encounter: He never enjoyed one-night stands (1963+)
  3. A person who has a casual sexual encounter: emerges as less the femme fatale than a one-night stand gone wrong
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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