a mother who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner.
Words nearby single mother
Also Informal, single mom.
Origin of single mother
First recorded in 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for single mother
While 18 percent of American families fall below the poverty level, 43 percent of single-mother households do.
In single-mother households, lack of economic resources is to blame for poor performance in school.