a mother who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner.
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Also Informal, single mom.
Origin of single mother
First recorded in 1965–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
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.