[ sing-guh l-tuh n ]
/ ˈsɪŋ gəl tən /


a person or thing occurring singly, especially an individual set apart from others.
  1. a child or animal that is the only one born at one birth: a research program involving twins and singletons.
  2. an only child in a family.
Chiefly British. an unmarried person; a single.
Cards. a card that is the only one of a suit in a hand.
Mathematics. a set consisting of one given element.

Origin of singleton

First recorded in 1875–80; single + -ton Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for singleton

/ (ˈsɪŋɡəltən) /


bridge an original holding of one card only in a suit
a single object, individual, etc, separated or distinguished from a pair or group
maths a set containing only one member
a person who is neither married nor in a relationship

Word Origin for singleton

C19: from single, on the model of simpleton
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