Spinster vs Unmarried - What's the difference?

spinster | unmarried |


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.

spinster

Noun

(en noun)
  • A woman who has never been married, especially one past the typical marrying age according to social traditions.
  • * Coke
  • If a gentlewoman be termed a spinster , she may abate the writ.
  • 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:
  • The spinsters and the knitters in the sun.
  • (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.
  • (Webster 1913)

    Synonyms

    * old maid

    See also

    * bachelor * widow * divorcee ----

    unmarried

    English

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Having no husband or wife.
  • Antonyms

    * married

    Synonyms

    * single * unhitched

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • An unmarried person.