What is an unmarried woman called?

A woman who is young and still single is called a `bachelorette’. In fact, there was a reality show in the United States by that name. You will not find this word in most dictionaries. The word `spinster’ is used to refer to a middle aged or an old woman who has never married. Unlike `spinster’, `bachelorette’ does not have a negative connotation.

Source:  ‘Know Your English’ Series – The Hindu Daily, October 17, 2005

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One thought on “What is an unmarried woman called?

  1. I prefer ‘bachelorette’ to ‘spinster’ – this word sounds horrible!
    I say bachelorette should be used in England as well as America

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