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Origin of single

1275–1325; late Middle English (adj.), Middle English sengle<Old French <Latin singulus individual, single (usually in the plural singuli one apiece), derivative of *sem- one (see simplex)

OTHER WORDS FROM single

quasi-single, adjectivequasi-singly, adverbun·sin·gle, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH single

1. signal, single 2. single , singular
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British Dictionary definitions for single

single
/ (ˈsɪŋɡəl) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

noun

verb

See also singles

Derived forms of single

singleness, noun

Word Origin for single

C14: from Old French sengle, from Latin singulus individual
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Idioms and Phrases with single

single

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