A single bed.
An example of single used as an adjective is in the phrase "a single slice of pizza," which means one slice of pizza.
An example of single used as an adjective is in the phrase "a single person," which means a person who is not married.
A single thickness; a single serving.
Forming a single front.
A single moral code for all.
She had but a single thought, which was to escape.
Every single child will receive a gift.
A single adoration.
You must judge the contest with a single eye.
Once he knew she was single, he asked her to go out.
Enjoys the single life.
A bar for singles.
Singled him to second.
Every single time.
- A hotel room, travel space, etc. for one person.
- Unmarried people collectively.
- A one-dollar bill.
- A phonograph record, usually recorded at 45 rpm, with one short performance on each side.
Can you give me a single reason not to leave right now? The vase contained a single long-stemmed rose.
The potatoes left the spoon and landed in a single big lump on the plate.
A single room.
A single combat.
Forms often ask if a person is single, married, divorced, or widowed. In this context, a person who is dating someone but who has never married puts "single".
Josh put down that he was a single male on the dating website.
I speak it with a single heart.
An example of a single is a $1 bill.
An example of a single is a travel reservation for one person.
A single slab of ice.
A single flower.
A single scale of pay.
To judge with a single eye.
Other Word Forms
Origin of single
- Middle English sengle from Old French from Latin singulus sem-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition