not connected or associated with any particular body, group, organization, or the like; independent.
not engaged or married.

Origin of unattached

First recorded in 1490–1500; un-1 + attached
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Examples from the Web for unattached

Contemporary Examples of unattached

Historical Examples of unattached

  • The minister had said "unattached," but Captain Obed did not offer to correct the quotation.

    Thankful's Inheritance

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • You are to be on the staff of an archbishop,—a sort of Christian unattached.

  • It, too, was unattached at the other end; it had no connection with the air-pump.

  • I'm a war correspondent, unattached just at present, but following the German army.


    Robert W. Chambers

  • From them, both arms hung loose, unattached at the shoulder blades.


    Lester del Rey

British Dictionary definitions for unattached



not connected with any specific thing, body, group, etc; independent
not engaged or married
(of property) not seized or held as security or in satisfaction of a judgment
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Word Origin and History for unattached

late 15c., "not arrested or seized," from un- (1) "not" + past participle of attach. Meaning "not associated with any body or institution" is recorded from 1796; sense of "single, not engaged or married" is first attested 1874.

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