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  • n. The condition of being a spinster.
  • n. The time during which one is a spinster.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being a spinster; unmarried life or state.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being a spinster (usually an elderly unmarried woman)


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spinster +‎ -hood


  • From that point on we begin to understand that spinsterhood is the condition she desires for Emily, as well as for herself, and that the years of quiet isolation together have formed a bond that is unhealthy as well as profoundly loving.

    On Emily Dickinson « Tales from the Reading Room

  • Fans will discover in January if The Sun was right and Patty's spinsterhood is due to more than her raspy voice, incessant smoking, and plentiful body hair.

    Who's the Gay Simpson?

  • In one story, the last, "Tannis of the Flats," the secret of Elinor Blair's spinsterhood is revealed

    Further Chronicles of Avonlea

  • Today, the near-bride, Adele Dobbin, and her two sisters, Lois and Kathleen, blame Harvey for what unkind relatives call their spinsterhood, and what potential beaus might characterize as a leery, united front.

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  • The 1921 census revealed that over two million women in Britain alone would never marry or have children, instead facing a life of spinsterhood alone.

    Jacqueline Winspear: Gertrude Bell

  • The last thing she needed right now was her own private version of Rockton mucking with her determined spinsterhood.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • Anna Chancellor remember Duckface in "Four Weddings and a Funeral"? is Lix Storm, the former war correspondent who's facing middle age and possible spinsterhood with sharp banter and the numbing aid of alcohol.

    Broadcast Noir in 1950s London

  • For most eighteenth-century women, spinsterhood meant failure at some level.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • Unwittingly bypassing any chance at the guy and the baby and taking the shortcut straight to spinsterhood?

    Georgia’s Kitchen

  • Recognizing that a marriage of equals is not possible during the fourteenth century (2.1.50 – 55), she chooses the relative freedom of spinsterhood.

    The Liberating and Debilitating Imagination in Joanna Baillie’s Orra and The Dream


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