- 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.
- a single, unrepeated sexual encounter, as one lasting for just one night.
- a participant in such an encounter.
Origin of one-night stand
An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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The general atmosphere of the parlor reminded me of the stage-settings one comes across in one-night-stand theatres.My Actor-Husband
- a performance given only once at any one place
- a sexual encounter lasting only one evening or night
- a person regarded as being only suitable for such an encounter
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