single parent



  1. a parent or guardian who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner:

    Being a single parent isn’t easy.



[ sing-guhl-pair-uhnt, ‐-par-uhnt ]


  1. of or noting a family in which a parent brings up a child or children alone, without a partner: a single-parent household.

    a single-parent family;

    a single-parent household.

single parent


  1. Also called (NZ)solo parent
    1. a person who has a dependent child or dependent children and who is widowed, divorced, or unmarried
    2. ( as modifier )

      a single-parent family

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of single parent1

First recorded in 1850–60

Origin of single parent2

First recorded in 1965–70
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Example Sentences

With the latest update, “users of unified campaigns are now able to manage multiple sub-accounts underneath a single parent account,” according to the announcement.

In our hypothesis, a single parent star would have made all the elements observed in SMSS J2003-1142.

The elements we observed in it were likely produced by a single parent star, just after the Big Bang.

Though he’s a single parent, Logelin realizes he has a community of friends and family to help shape Maddy’s life, and he must learn how to lean on them, especially as she grows older.

From Time

Being a single parent is no joke, but Netflix’s upcoming comedy-drama Fatherhood manages to find amusing moments in the midst of tragedy as it tells one man’s story of raising his daughter alone after his wife dies unexpectedly.

If I could have every single parent in the United States watch this program, I would.

Those words might not sit well with single parent and divorced Catholics, and groups supporting non-traditional families.

Single-parent, same-sex, and common-law families barely penetrated public consciousness, much less the Hebrew lexicon.

The fact that the new president of the United States was the product of a single-parent home was cited by both sides.

So the chances of me being a married "single" parent are very, very high—and I don't want to be a single parent.

Ultimately “Delbrck went so far,” says Professor Ripley, “as to deny that any single parent language ever existed in fact”.

Once isolated, such single-parent races are constant from seed and remain true to their type.

Its care, its nurture, its education is too important even to be risked with a single parent.

Every Alcyonarian colony is developed by budding from a single parent zooid.

In a world of choice and free movement, children are more likely to come from families that will consist of a single parent.





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