As nouns the difference between spinster and unmarried
is that spinster
is a woman who has never been married, especially one past the typical marrying age according to social traditions while unmarried
is an unmarried person.
As an adjective unmarried is
having no husband or wife.
A woman who has never been married, especially one past the typical marrying age according to social traditions.
One who spins (puts a spin on) a political media story so as to give something a favorable or advantageous appearance; a spin doctor, spin merchant or spin master.
(obsolete) Someone whose occupation was spinning thread.
* ~1601 , William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night , act II, scene IV:
- If a gentlewoman be termed a spinster , she may abate the writ.
(obsolete) A woman of evil life and character; so called from being forced to spin in a house of correction.
(rare) A spider; an insect (such as a silkworm) which spins thread.
- The spinsters and the knitters in the sun.
* old maid
Having no husband or wife.
An unmarried person.