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single mother

a mother who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner.
Also, Informal, single mom.
Origin of single mother
First recorded in 1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nobody had any manners, and not a single mother said, “Have you washed your hands?”

    The Cave Twins Lucy Fitch Perkins
  • In this way the old nest of the Mason-bee of the Pebbles is colonized, cell after cell, by a single mother.

    Bramble-bees and Others J. Henri Fabre
  • What is the sorrow of a single mother compared to the suffering of an entire nation!

  • When daylight came we got them enfiladed by machine guns and every single mother's son of them was either killed or captured.

  • He loves his kind so much that he has not a word softer than a brickbat for a single mother's son of them.

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