- a sleeveless athletic jersey, especially a loose-fitting top worn by runners, joggers, etc.
- a single unit; an unpaired or separate item.
- Chiefly British. a man's undershirt or jersey.
Origin of singlet
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Examples from the Web for singlet
He was dressed in a singlet, without arms, and a pair of duck trousers.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
"Why, look yer 'ere," said the miner, showing the shoulders of his singlet.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
My costume may be guessed from the name I gave to the ascent -- Singlet Hill.The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2
On the settee behind the table lay a man in trousers and singlet, snoring.Command
Clad only in dungaree trousers and singlet, I go below, on watch.An Ocean Tramp
- mainly British and Australian a man's sleeveless undergarment covering the body from the shoulders to the hips
- Australian a similar sleeveless garment worn as outerwearAlso called (in Britain): vest
- mainly British a garment worn with shorts by athletes, boxers, etc
- NZ a black woollen outer garment worn by bushmen
- physics a multiplet that has only one member
- chem a chemical bond consisting of one electron
C18: from single, on the model of doublet
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Word Origin and History for singlet
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