single parent

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a parent or guardian who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner: Being a single parent isn’t easy.



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Origin of single parent

First recorded in 1850–60

Definition for single parent (2 of 2)

[ sing-guhl-pair-uhnt, ‐par-uhnt ]
/ ˈsɪŋ gəlˈpɛər ənt, ‐ˈpær ənt /


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
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British Dictionary definitions for single parent

single 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
Also called (NZ): solo parent
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