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[sing-glit] /ˈsɪŋ glɪt/
a sleeveless athletic jersey, especially a loose-fitting top worn by runners, joggers, etc.
a single unit; an unpaired or separate item.
Chiefly British. a man's undershirt or jersey.
Origin of singlet
First recorded in 1740-50; single + -et Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for singlet
Historical Examples
  • He was dressed in a singlet, without arms, and a pair of duck trousers.

    The Trembling of a Leaf William Somerset Maugham
  • "Why, look yer 'ere," said the miner, showing the shoulders of his singlet.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • My costume may be guessed from the name I gave to the ascent -- singlet Hill.

  • On the settee behind the table lay a man in trousers and singlet, snoring.

    Command William McFee
  • Clad only in dungaree trousers and singlet, I go below, on watch.

    An Ocean Tramp William McFee
  • Mr. Jephson was made happy with a shirt, a singlet, and a pair of drawers; while Dr. Parke.

  • Aren't you afraid of catching pneumonia or bronchitis or something, walking about in a singlet in such a wet fog?

    Some Reminiscences Joseph Conrad
  • Aren't you afraid of catching pneumonia or bronchitis or some thing, walking about in a singlet in such a wet fog?

    A Personal Record Joseph Conrad
  • The mighty shape shoots up twenty feet or so, and the man in the singlet darts to the corner to cut a lone detaining rope.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • A few threads—I found out later—had been started on my singlet, but my hide was not even scratched.

    Sea-Hounds Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for singlet


(mainly Brit & Austral) a man's sleeveless undergarment covering the body from the shoulders to the hips
(Austral) a similar sleeveless garment worn as outerwear Also called (in Britain) vest
(mainly Brit) a garment worn with shorts by athletes, boxers, etc
(NZ) a black woollen outer garment worn by bushmen
(physics) a multiplet that has only one member
(chem) a chemical bond consisting of one electron
Word Origin
C18: from single, on the model of doublet
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Word Origin and History for singlet

"unlined woolen garment," c.1746, from single (adj.) in clothing sense of "unlined, of one thickness" (late 14c.) + -et, apparently in imitation of doublet.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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