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How to Pronounce spinster?

Correct pronunciation for the word "spinster" is [spˈɪnstə], [spˈɪnstə], [s_p_ˈɪ_n_s_t_ə].

"Spinster" in context

The term spinster always conjures a feeling of an old, childless and lonely woman. It dates back centuries with a primary meaning of unmarried woman and secondary meaning of a woman who spins textiles. The negative stigma associated with being a spinster has seen a resurgence in modern language due to its misconstrued denotation.

The dictionary definition of spinster is "an unmarried woman, especially an older, woman beyond the usual age for marriage". This basic definition implies a spinster is someone who has not had children and has remained unmarried throughout her life.

What are similar-sounding words for spinster?

Usage over time for spinster:

This graph shows how "spinster" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

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