one-night stand

[ wuhn-nahyt stand ]
/ ˈwʌnˌnaɪt ˈstænd /

noun

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.
Slang.
  1. a single, unrepeated sexual encounter, as one lasting for just one night.
  2. a participant in such an encounter.

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Origin of one-night stand

def. 1 is an Americanism dating back to 1875–80; def. 3 was first recorded in 1935–40.
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Example sentences from the Web for one-night stand

  • The general atmosphere of the parlor reminded me of the stage-settings one comes across in one-night-stand theatres.

British Dictionary definitions for one-night stand

one-night stand

noun

a performance given only once at any one place
informal
  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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