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singleton

[sing-guh l-tuh n]
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noun
  1. a person or thing occurring singly, especially an individual set apart from others.
    1. a child or animal that is the only one born at one birth: a research program involving twins and singletons.
    2. an only child in a family.
  2. Chiefly British. an unmarried person; a single.
  3. Cards. a card that is the only one of a suit in a hand.
  4. Mathematics. a set consisting of one given element.

Origin of singleton

First recorded in 1875–80; single + -ton
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  • Singleton can probably do no more harm today,” went on the quiet voice.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • Singleton, and therefore Conrad, would only have the management up to that time.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • Conrad had halted a moment after Singleton climbed out of the car.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • “A manager has to have a free hand, Billie, or else be let go,” explained Singleton.

    The Treasure Trail

    Marah Ellis Ryan

  • Singleton painfully sketched in a heavy cross, blotted the page.


British Dictionary definitions for singleton

singleton

noun
  1. bridge an original holding of one card only in a suit
  2. a single object, individual, etc, separated or distinguished from a pair or group
  3. maths a set containing only one member
  4. a person who is neither married nor in a relationship

Word Origin

C19: from single, on the model of simpleton
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Word Origin and History for singleton

n.

"single card of a suit in a hand," 1876, originally in whist, from single (adj.); cf. simpleton, etc. Extended early 20c. to other instances of singularity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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