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  • noun Plural form of spinster.


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  • For the lady who questioned my reference to personal secretaries in the 1800's: most of the time they were unmarried nieces or spinsters from the town or family.

    Frazzled By the Age of Fifty 2006

  • As to whether or not the War had anything to do with Henrietta and her sister being what they then called spinsters, I don't know -- and now that my father is gone, I have no one to ask.

    Jane Minogue: The Chain of Memory 2009

  • "Miranda belonged to that sisterhood commonly known as spinsters"

    How Deacon Tubman and Parson Whitney Kept New Year's And Other Stories 1872

  • She had been initiated, some ten years before, into that amiable sisterhood commonly known as spinsters, and was, it might be added, a typical representative.

    How Deacon Tubman and Parson Whitney Kept New Year's And Other Stories 1872

  • The cheerleaders with megaphones, also known as spinsters, are loud and well-organized.

    Welcome To Jim Sinclair's MineSet Jim Sinclair 2010

  • A study conducted in the 1990's identified that only 24% of the young females ended up successfully establishing their own family group - which I guess makes the other 3/4 of young females "spinsters".

    Creatiary 2009

  • Yet even though there were more single women than ever, the assumption that "spinsters" were tearful, tragic and lonely was still widespread, an image boosted by such neurotic heroines as Bridget Jones, whose "diaries" sold millions of copies.

    Girls Gone Mild 2008

  • A fulling mill, where the cloth made at home was finished and pressed, had been built very early in the history of the town, and while there were "spinsters" who went from house to house, much of the work was done by mother and daughters.

    Anne Bradstreet and Her Time Helen Campbell 1878

  • It was only where a stream gave force to turn a mill-wheel that the wool-worker could establish his factory; and cotton was as yet spun by hand in the cottages, the "spinsters" of the family sitting with their distaffs round the weaver's hand-loom.

    History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8) Modern England, 1760-1815 John Richard Green 1860

  • One important reason for Michael Bennet's sizeable eight percentage point win over Andew Romanoff (already the over the air 'spinsters' are mis-stating this as a bare win and therefore bad, bad, bad news for Obama): Romanoff's documented, overwhelming praise of both George W. Bush and our entry into the War in Iraq 'outed' him as being anything but a progressive. Main RSS Feed 2010


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