What does single mean?

Definitions for single
ˈsɪŋ gəlsin·gle

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word single.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. single, bingle(noun)

    a base hit on which the batter stops safely at first base

  2. one, 1, I, ace, single, unity(adj)

    the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number

    "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it"; "they had lunch at one"

  3. individual, single(adj)

    being or characteristic of a single thing or person

    "individual drops of rain"; "please mark the individual pages"; "they went their individual ways"

  4. single(adj)

    used of flowers having usually only one row or whorl of petals

    "single chrysanthemums resemble daisies and may have more than one row of petals"

  5. single(adj)

    existing alone or consisting of one entity or part or aspect or individual

    "upon the hill stood a single tower"; "had but a single thought which was to escape"; "a single survivor"; "a single serving"; "a single lens"; "a single thickness"

  6. unmarried, single(adj)

    not married or related to the unmarried state

    "unmarried men and women"; "unmarried life"; "sex and the single girl"; "single parenthood"; "are you married or single?"

  7. individual, single(a)(adj)

    characteristic of or meant for a single person or thing

    "an individual serving"; "single occupancy"; "a single bed"

  8. single(a)(adj)

    having uniform application

    "a single legal code for all"

  9. single(a), undivided, exclusive(verb)

    not divided among or brought to bear on more than one object or objective

    "judging a contest with a single eye"; "a single devotion to duty"; "undivided affection"; "gained their exclusive attention"

  10. single(verb)

    hit a single

    "the batter singled to left field"


  1. single(Noun)

    A 45 RPM vinyl record with one song on side A and one on side B.

  2. single(Noun)

    A popular song released and sold (on any format) nominally on its own though usually has at least one extra track.

    The Offspring released four singles from their most recent album.

  3. single(Noun)

    One who is not married.

    He went to the party, hoping to meet some friendly singles there.

  4. single(Noun)

    A score of one run.

  5. single(Noun)

    A hit in baseball where the batter advances to first base.

  6. single(Noun)

    A tile that has different values (i.e., number of pips) in each end.

  7. single(Noun)

    A one-way ticket.

  8. single(Noun)

    A score of one point, awarded when a kicked ball is dead within the non-kicking team's end zone or has exited that end zone. Officially known in the rules as a rouge.

  9. single(Verb)

    To identify or select one member of a group from the others; generally used with out, either to single out or to single (something) out.

  10. single(Verb)

    To get a hit that advances the batter exactly one base.

    Pedro singled in the bottom of the eighth inning, which, if converted to a run, would put the team back into contention.

  11. single(Adjective)

    Not accompanied by anything else.

    Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now?

  12. single(Adjective)

    Not divided in parts.

    The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.

  13. single(Adjective)

    Designed for the use of only one.

    a single room

  14. single(Adjective)

    Not married nor dating

    Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.

  15. single(Adjective)

    Having only one rank or row of petals.

  16. single(Adjective)

    Simple and honest; sincere, without deceit.

  17. Origin: sengle, from sengle, from singulus a diminutive from the root in simplex. See simple, and confer singular.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Single(adj)

    one only, as distinguished from more than one; consisting of one alone; individual; separate; as, a single star

  2. Single(adj)

    alone; having no companion

  3. Single(adj)

    hence, unmarried; as, a single man or woman

  4. Single(adj)

    not doubled, twisted together, or combined with others; as, a single thread; a single strand of a rope

  5. Single(adj)

    performed by one person, or one on each side; as, a single combat

  6. Single(adj)

    uncompounded; pure; unmixed

  7. Single(adj)

    not deceitful or artful; honest; sincere

  8. Single(adj)

    simple; not wise; weak; silly

  9. Single(verb)

    to select, as an individual person or thing, from among a number; to choose out from others; to separate

  10. Single(verb)

    to sequester; to withdraw; to retire

  11. Single(verb)

    to take alone, or one by one

  12. Single(verb)

    to take the irrregular gait called single-foot;- said of a horse. See Single-foot

  13. Single(noun)

    a unit; one; as, to score a single

  14. Single(noun)

    the reeled filaments of silk, twisted without doubling to give them firmness

  15. Single(noun)

    a handful of gleaned grain

  16. Single(noun)

    a game with but one player on each side; -- usually in the plural

  17. Single(noun)

    a hit by a batter which enables him to reach first base only

  18. Origin: [L. singulus, a dim. from the root in simplex simple; cf. OE. & OF. sengle, fr. L. singulus. See Simple, and cf. Singular.]


  1. Single

    In music, a single or record single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, the single is a song that is released separately from an album, but it usually appears on an album. Often, these are the most popular songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as commercial radio airplay, and in other cases a recording released as a single does not appear on an album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Single

    sing′gl, adj. consisting of one only: individual, unique: separate, private: alone: unmarried: not combined with others: unmixed: having one only on each side: straightforward: sincere: simple, normal: pure.—v.t. to separate: to choose one from others: to select from a number.—adjs. Sing′le-act′ing, acting effectively in one direction only—of any reciprocating machine or implement; Sing′le-breast′ed, with a single row of buttons or loops only, of a coat, corsage, &c.—n. Single-en′try, a system of book-keeping in which each entry appears only once on one side or other of an account.—adj. Sing′le-eyed, having but one eye: devoted, unselfish.—ns. Sing′le-flow′er, a flower containing a single set of petals, as a wild rose; Sing′le-foot, a gait of horses, the amble.—adjs. Sing′le-hand′ed, by one's self: unassisted: having only one workman; Sing′le-heart′ed, having a single or sincere heart: without duplicity.—adv. Sing′le-heart′edly.—adj. Sing′le-mind′ed, having a single or sincere mind: upright.—ns. Sing′le-mind′edness; Sing′leness, state of being single or alone: freedom from deceit: sincerity: simplicity.—adj. Sing′le-soled, having a single sole, as a shoe: poor.—ns. Sing′le-stick, a stick or cudgel for one hand: a fight or game with singlesticks; Sing′let, an undershirt or waistcoat; Sing′leton, in whist, a hand containing one card only of some suit; Sing′letree (the same as Swingletree); Sing′le-wom′an, an unmarried woman: (obs.) a whore.—adv. Sing′ly, one by one: particularly: alone: by one's self: honestly: sincerely. [O. Fr.,—L. sin-gulus, one to each, separate, akin to sem-el, once, Gr. ham-a.]

Suggested Resources

  1. single

    Song lyrics by single -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by single on the Lyrics.com website.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #534

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Written Corpus Frequency: #860

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Nouns Frequency: #2366

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'single' in Adjectives Frequency: #60

How to pronounce single?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say single in sign language?

  1. single


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of single in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of single in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of single in a Sentence

  1. Rubin Donis:

    There wasn't a single H5N1.

  2. Demetrius Griffin:

    He didn't say a single word.

  3. Kelvin Cochran:

    I did not single out homosexuality.

  4. The WFP:

    People need to eat every single day.

  5. Patrick Murray:

    Every single domino has fallen her way.

Images & Illustrations of single

  1. singlesinglesinglesinglesingle

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for single

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • غير متزوج, أعزب, عزبArabic
  • escàpol, simple, single, batada d'una baseCatalan, Valencian
  • svobodný, jednotlivý, samotnýCzech
  • allein, gemeinsam, unverheiratet, einzig, einzel, vereint, alleinstehend, einzeln, solo, einheitlich, ledig, single, Alleinstehender, Junggesellin, Alleinstehende, Einer, Solomann, Junggeselle, Hagestolz, Solofrau, Jungfrau, SingleauskopplungGerman
  • ανύπαντρος, μονόκλινοGreek
  • unuopaĵoEsperanto
  • único, soltera, solo, soltero, sencilloSpanish
  • یکدونه, تک, مجرد, یک‌نفرهPersian
  • valita, sinkku, poimia, jakamaton, [[yhden]] [[hengen]], yksittäinen, silmätikku, naimaton, yksi, singleFinnish
  • célibataire, seul, simpleFrench
  • singilIrish
  • अविवाहितHindi
  • չամուսնացած, ամուրիArmenian
  • nubile, single, solo, singolo, celibeItalian
  • אחתHebrew
  • 独身, 独り, 未婚, シングル, 単打Japanese
  • 싱글, 하나의Korean
  • تاک دۆلاریKurdish
  • singulusLatin
  • onbestuetLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • bujangMalay
  • singel, singelplate, singleNorwegian
  • alleenstaand, vrijgezelDutch
  • singelplate, single, singelNorwegian Nynorsk
  • solitário, solteiro, particular, unitário, inteiro, único, single, solteiraPortuguese
  • necăsătorit, întreg, singular, singur, nedivizat, individual, unit, separat, celibatar, unitarRomanian
  • незамужняя, единственный, для одного, одинокий, одна, одинарный, неженатый, целый, холостой, единый, один, холостяк, незамужняя женщина, одиночка, синглRussian
  • sam, neoženjen, singl, синглSerbo-Croatian
  • enkel, enstaka, ensamstående, enda, enhetlig, ogift, odelad, singelSwedish
  • เดี่ยวThai
  • bekarTurkish
  • синглUkrainian
  • độc thânVietnamese
  • selibikVolapük

Get even more translations for single »


Find a translation for the single definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these single definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"single." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 15 Dec. 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/single>.

Are we missing a good definition for single? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for single:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.