Definitions for one-night stand

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

one′-night` stand′(n.)

  1. a single performance in one locale, as by a touring theater or music group, before moving on to the next engagement. a place where such a performance is given.

    Category: Showbiz

  2. Slang. a single and usu. casual act of sexual intercourse. a participant in such an act.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Informal

Origin of one-night stand:

1875–80, Amer.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. one-night stand(noun)

    a brief sexual encounter lasting only for a single night

    "he ran through a series of loveless one-night stands"

  2. one-night stand(noun)

    a performance in one place on one night only


  1. one-night stand(Noun)

    An occasion when a performer or team of them (especially in vaudeville) expects to perform at a theater for a single evening.

  2. one-night stand(Noun)

    A single sexual encounter between two individuals, where at least one of the parties has no immediate intention or expectation of establishing a longer-term sexual or romantic relationship. As the phrase implies, the relationship lasts for only one night.


  1. One-night stand

    A one-night stand is a single sexual encounter with another person, regardless of any expectation of further relations. Participants in a one-night stand often have not known each other long and have had minimal time to get acquainted before engaging in sexual activity, and often have little to no contact with one another aside from sex. Many one-night stands occur when both participants are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. A one-night stand can occur for different reasons. Examples of one-night stand participants include young adults exploring their sexuality or experimenting sexually; single people seeking to engage in sexual activity without any sort of commitment or relationship; or married people who desire extramarital sex without disturbing their marriage or family relationships through extramarital romantic relations. Where the people involved have regular sexual relations without romantic involvement, this is generally considered a casual relationship, which is distinct from a one-night stand.

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