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singlet

[sing-glit]
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noun
  1. a sleeveless athletic jersey, especially a loose-fitting top worn by runners, joggers, etc.
  2. a single unit; an unpaired or separate item.
  3. Chiefly British. a man's undershirt or jersey.
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Origin of singlet

First recorded in 1740–50; single + -et
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Examples from the Web for singlet

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • On the settee behind the table lay a man in trousers and singlet, snoring.

    Command

    William McFee

  • Clad only in dungaree trousers and singlet, I go below, on watch.

    An Ocean Tramp

    William McFee


British Dictionary definitions for singlet

singlet

noun
  1. mainly British and Australian a man's sleeveless undergarment covering the body from the shoulders to the hips
  2. Australian a similar sleeveless garment worn as outerwearAlso called (in Britain): vest
  3. mainly British a garment worn with shorts by athletes, boxers, etc
  4. NZ a black woollen outer garment worn by bushmen
  5. physics a multiplet that has only one member
  6. chem a chemical bond consisting of one electron
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Word Origin

C18: from single, on the model of doublet
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Word Origin and History for singlet

n.

"unlined woolen garment," c.1746, from single (adj.) in clothing sense of "unlined, of one thickness" (late 14c.) + -et, apparently in imitation of doublet.

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