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  1. united in wedlock; wedded: married couples.
  2. of or relating to marriage or married persons; connubial; conjugal: married happiness.
  3. (of an antique) created from components of two or more authentic pieces.
  4. interconnected or joined; united.
  5. (of a family name) acquired through marriage.
  1. Usually marrieds. married couples or married people: young marrieds moving into their first home.

Origin of married

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at marry1, -ed2
Related formsmar·ried·ly, adverbun·mar·ried, adjective, nounwell-mar·ried, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for unmarried

eligible, widowed, single, bachelor, sole, unattached, unwed

Examples from the Web for unmarried

Contemporary Examples of unmarried

Historical Examples of unmarried

  • Whatever you do, John, don't die an unmarried man like your Uncle William and me.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • If we must have them let us be consistent and give one to the unmarried man.

  • Anthony took Cleopatra, and most of the other unmarried men took Rachel Guest.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • The minister of God, unmarried, must have only one wife at the same time.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • A child born to an unmarried woman is no impediment to her marriage.

British Dictionary definitions for unmarried


  1. not marriedan unmarried mother
  2. films denoting a print of a cinematograph film in which the picture and sound recordings are on separate reels


  1. having a husband or wife
  2. joined in marriagea married couple
  3. of or involving marriage or married persons
  4. closely or intimately united
  1. (usually plural) a married person (esp in the phrase young marrieds)
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Word Origin and History for unmarried

c.1300, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of marry.



"formally wedded," late 14c., from past participle of marry (v.).

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