single-parent [sing-guh l-pair-uh nt, ‐par-uh nt] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective of or noting a family in which a parent brings up a child or children alone, without a partner: a single-parent family; a single-parent household.

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  • Origin of single-parent First recorded in 1965–70 single parent noun a parent or guardian who brings up a child or children alone, without a partner: Being a single parent isn’t easy. Origin of single parent First recorded in 1850–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for single-parent Contemporary Examples of single-parent

  • Single-parent, same-sex, and common-law families barely penetrated public consciousness, much less the Hebrew lexicon.

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  • The fact that the new president of the United States was the product of a single-parent home was cited by both sides.

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  • I come from a single-parent family, and am a single child, so I spent a fair amount of time on my own, usually reading.

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  • More than half of all American children will spend some time as a member of a single-parent family.

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  • Sons grew up to become less likely to form bonds with mates, making another generation of single-parent vole families more likely.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for single-parent single parent noun

    1. a person who has a dependent child or dependent children and who is widowed, divorced, or unmarried
    2. (as modifier)a single-parent family

    Also called (NZ): solo parent Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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