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spin·ster

 (spĭn′stər)
n.
1. Often Offensive A woman, especially an older one, who has not married.
2. Archaic A person, especially a woman, whose occupation is spinning thread.

[Middle English spinnestere, female spinner of thread : spinnen, to spin; see spin + -estere, -ster, -ster.]

spin′ster·hood′ n.
spin′ster·ish, spin′ster·ly adj.

spinster

(ˈspɪnstə)
n
1. an unmarried woman regarded as being beyond the age of marriage
2. (Law) law (in legal documents) a woman who has never married. Compare feme sole
3. (Textiles) (formerly) a woman who spins thread for her living
[C14 (in the sense: a person, esp a woman, whose occupation is spinning; C17: a woman still unmarried): from spin + -ster]
ˈspinsterˌhood n
ˈspinsterish adj

spin•ster

(ˈspɪn stər)

n.
1. Usually Disparaging. a woman who has remained unmarried beyond the conventional age for marriage in her culture or society.
2. Chiefly Law. a woman who has never married.
3. a woman whose occupation is spinning.
[1325–75; Middle English spinnestere a woman who spins. See spin, -ster]
spin′ster•hood`, n.
spin′ster•ish, adj.
spin′ster•ish•ly, adv.
spin′ster•like`, adj.
usage: Definition 1 is usually used with disparaging intent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spinster - an elderly unmarried womanspinster - an elderly unmarried woman    
unmarried woman - a woman who is not married
2.spinster - someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)spinster - someone who spins (who twists fibers into threads)
maker, shaper - a person who makes things
Translations
عَانِسعانِس
stará panna
gammeljomfru
vanhapiikakehrääjä
usidjelica
kézifonónővénkisasszonyvénlány
ógift kona
独身女性
미혼여성
vecmeita
stara devica
gammal ungmö
สตรีที่ไม่ได้แต่งงาน
evde kalmış kızkız kurusu
bà cô

spinster

[ˈspɪnstəʳ] Nsoltera f (pej) → solterona f

spinster

[ˈspɪnstər] n (old-fashioned)vieille fille f

spinster

nUnverheiratete f, → Ledige f; (pej)alte Jungfer (pej); Mary Jones, spinsterdie ledige Mary Jones; to be a spinsterunverheiratet or ledig or eine alte Jungfer (pej)sein

spinster

[ˈspɪnstəʳ] n (old) → zitella

spinster

(ˈspinstə) noun
a woman who is not married.

spinster

عَانِس stará panna gammeljomfru alte Jungfer γεροντοκόρη solterona vanhapiika vieille fille usidjelica zitella 独身女性 미혼여성 oude vrijster peppermø stara panna solteirona старая дева gammal ungmö สตรีที่ไม่ได้แต่งงาน kız kurusu bà cô 老处女
References in classic literature ?
How dear Emily is flirting with the strange gentleman,' whispered the spinster aunt, with true spinster-aunt-like envy, to her brother, Mr.
Emily, my dear,' said the spinster aunt, with a patronising air,
If Rawdon Crawley had been then and there present, instead of being at the club nervously drinking claret, the pair might have gone down on their knees before the old spinster, avowed all, and been forgiven in a twinkling.
Here a pair of lovers met to quarrel and make up; there a dark-eyed nursery-maid had better eyes for Templars than her charge; on this hand an ancient spinster, with her lapdog in a string, regarded both enormities with scornful sidelong looks; on that a weazen old gentleman, ogling the nursery-maid, looked with like scorn upon the spinster, and wondered she didn't know she was no longer young.
I think it was the flowers that won my suit, for I afterward found that Miss Tita (for such the name of this high tremulous spinster proved somewhat incongruously to be) had an insatiable appetite for them.
The remembrance of Rebecca was so vivid that their sister Aurelia's letter was something of a shock to the quiet, elderly spinsters of the brick house; for it said that Hannah could not possibly be spared for a few years yet, but that Rebecca would come as soon as she could be made ready; that the offer was most thankfully appreciated, and that the regular schooling and church privileges, as well as the influence of the Sawyer home, would doubtless be "the making of Rebecca"
I have a recollection of large, unbending women with great noses and rapacious eyes, who wore their clothes as though they were armour; and of little, mouse-like spinsters, with soft voices and a shrewd glance.
All the married people take hands and dance round the new-made husband and wife, as the Germans do, while we bachelors and spinsters prance in couples outside
van der Luyden; but he found her gentle bending sweetness less approachable than the grimness of some of his mother's old aunts, fierce spinsters who said "No" on principle before they knew what they were going to be asked.
When she sat down to a basketful of their stockings, every heel with a hole in it, she would fling up her arms and exclaim, "Oh dear, I am sure I sometimes think spinsters are to be envied
Anne's eventual marriage has blinded most critics to the fact that she plays the role of spinster for most of the novel.
Report USA Juddmonte Spinster Stakes G1 Keeneland, 1m1f dirt, 3yo+ fillies A PAIR of Kentucky Oaks winners were upstaged at Keeneland on Sunday when Got Lucky (Todd Pletcher/Irad Ortiz) closed from the back to nab champion filly Untapable in the final stride of the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, writes Nicholas Godfrey.