WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
spin•ster /ˈspɪnstɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a woman who has remained unmarried.
spin•ster•hood, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
spin•ster  (spinstər), 
n. 
  1. a woman still unmarried beyond the usual age of marrying.
  2. Law[Chiefly Law.]a woman who has never married.
  3. a woman whose occupation is spinning.
Etymology:
  • Middle English spinnestere a woman who spins. See spin, -ster 1325–75
spinster•hood′, n. 
spinster•ish, adj. 
spinster•ish•ly, adv. 
spinster•like′, adj. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

spinster /ˈspɪnstə/ n
  1. an unmarried woman regarded as being beyond the age of marriage
  2. (in legal documents) a woman who has never married
  3. (formerly) a woman who spins thread for her living
Etymology: 14th Century (in the sense: a person, esp a woman, whose occupation is spinning; C17: a woman still unmarried): from spin + -ster

ˈspinsterˌhood n ˈspinsterish adj



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