[sing-guh l-nis]


the state or quality of being single.

Origin of singleness

First recorded in 1520–30; single + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for singleness

Historical Examples of singleness

  • This singleness of purpose is well illustrated by a story about the painter Protogenes.

  • A man following a buck is governed by a like singleness of purpose.

  • When singleness attacks division, you know the result beforehand.

    White Lies

    Charles Reade

  • And, with a child's singleness of idea, he returned to the marriage.

    Long Live the King

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • One has the mercenary spirit, the other has singleness of purpose.

    The Simple Life

    Charles Wagner