single ( singles plural & 3rd person present) ( singling present participle) ( singled past tense & past participle )
1 adj You use single to emphasize that you are referring to one thing, and no more than one thing.
ADJ n (emphasis)
A single shot rang out..., Over six hundred people were wounded in a single day..., She hadn't uttered a single word.
2 adj You use single to indicate that you are considering something on its own and separately from other things like it.
det ADJ (emphasis)
Every single house in town had been damaged..., The Middle East is the world's single most important source of oil.
3 adj Someone who is single is not married. You can also use single to describe someone who does not have a girlfriend or boyfriend.
Is it difficult being a single mother?..., Gay men are now eligible to become foster parents whether they are single or have partners.
4 adj A single room is a room intended for one person to stay or live in.
usu ADJ n
A single room at the Astir Hotel costs £56 a night.
Single is also a noun., n-count
It's £65 for a single, £98 for a double and £120 for an entire suite.
5 adj A single bed is wide enough for one person to sleep in.
6 adj A single ticket is a ticket for a journey from one place to another but not back again.
(BRIT) usu ADJ n (Antonym: return)
The price of a single ticket is thirty-nine pounds.
Single is also a noun., n-count
...a Club Class single to Los Angeles.
in AM, use one-way
7 n-count A single or a CD single is a CD which has a few short songs on it. You can also refer to the main song on a CD as a single.
The winners will get a chance to release their own single.
8 n-uncount Singles is a game of tennis or badminton in which one player plays another. The plural singles can be used to refer to one or more of these matches.
Boris Becker of Germany won the men's singles...
in single file →
file single out phrasal verb If you single someone out from a group, you choose them and give them special attention or treatment. The gunman had singled Debilly out and waited for him... V n P His immediate superior has singled him out for a special mention... V n P for/as n We wanted to single out the main threat to civilisation. V P n (not pron)
single- is used to form words which describe something that has one part or feature, rather than having two or more of them. comb in adj
The single-engine plane landed in western Arizona., ...a single-track road.
A single-breasted coat, jacket, or suit fastens in the centre of the chest and has only one row of buttons. adj
Single cream is thin cream that does not have a lot of fat in it.
in AM, use light cream
single-decker ( single-deckers plural ) A single-decker or a single-decker bus is a bus with only one deck.
If you do something single-handed, you do it on your own, without help from anyone else. adv ADV after v
I brought up my seven children single-handed...
Someone who is single-minded has only one aim or purpose and is determined to achieve it. adj
...a single-minded determination to win.
single parent ( single parents plural ) A single parent is someone who is bringing up a child on their own, because the other parent is not living with them. n-count oft N n
I was bringing up my three children as a single parent., ...a single-parent household.
At a single-sex school, the pupils are either all boys or all girls. adj usu ADJ n
Is single-sex education good for girls?
single supplement ( single supplements plural ) , single person supplement A single supplement is an additional sum of money that a hotel charges for one person to stay in a room meant for two people. n-count
You can avoid the single supplement by agreeing to share a twin room.