[sing-guh l-pair-uh nt, ‐par-uh nt]
- of or noting a family in which a parent brings up a child or children alone, without a partner: a single-parent family; a single-parent household.
Origin of single-parent
First recorded in 1965–70
- a parent or guardian who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner: Being a single parent isn’t easy.
Origin of single parent
First recorded in 1850–60
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Examples from the Web for single-parent
Single-parent, same-sex, and common-law families barely penetrated public consciousness, much less the Hebrew lexicon.People-Powered Social Revolution in Israel Promotes Rights of Same-Sex Families
November 15, 2013
The fact that the new president of the United States was the product of a single-parent home was cited by both sides.American Dreams, 1993: The Road to Wellville by T. Coraghessan Boyle
October 30, 2013
I come from a single-parent family, and am a single child, so I spent a fair amount of time on my own, usually reading.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
More than half of all American children will spend some time as a member of a single-parent family.When Your Child Kills: the Parents of Criminals
December 21, 2012
Sons grew up to become less likely to form bonds with mates, making another generation of single-parent vole families more likely.Free Birth Control: Could It Transform Society?
Brian Alexander, Larry Young
October 19, 2012
- a person who has a dependent child or dependent children and who is widowed, divorced, or unmarried
- (as modifier)a single-parent family