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

qua·si-sin·gle, adjectivequa·si-sin·gly, adverbun·sin·gle, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH single

signal singlesingle singular
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British Dictionary definitions for single out

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 out (1 of 2)

single out

Choose or distinguish from others, as in We singled him out from all the other applicants. This idiom was first recorded in 1629.

Idioms and Phrases with single out (2 of 2)

single

In addition to the idioms beginning with single

  • single file, in
  • single out

also see:

  • each and every (every single)
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