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My friend and I are having a discussion about the definition of the word "Spinster".
According to most definitions I can find a Spinster is an unmarried woman. Is there a distinction between Unmarried and Never been married.

I suspect that Spinster refers to both, but would like to know if there is a seperate word definition for a woman who has NEVER been married.

Dav)D
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Appologies if i have posted incorectly. just thought you might be able to help. My friend and I are having ... but would like to know if there is a seperate word definition for a woman who has NEVER been married.

Old Maid? Does Spinster any longer have a legal meaning? What would you call a woman who lived with a man for 50 years but never married?

Mind, spinning wheels are not so common these days.

David
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Appologies if i have posted incorectly. just thought you might ... word definition for a woman who has NEVER been married.

Old Maid? Does Spinster any longer have a legal meaning? What would you call a woman who lived with a man for 50 years but never married? Mind, spinning wheels are not so common these days.

Yes would be nice to know what the legal meaning of both situations is.

I have thought "maiden lady" or something with "maid" would be better suited to a woman who has never married.
Spinning wheels are very common in pantos !
Dav)D
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Appologies if i have posted incorectly. just thought you might be able to help. My friend and I are having ... would like to know if there is a seperate word definition for a woman who has NEVER been married. Dav)D

OED defines spinster as a woman 'still unmarried'. It was originally someone who worked at spinning. That was the hallmark of a never-married woman. When you married, you did the other womanly things of the day. If your marriage ended, you didn't return to spinning. 'maiden ladies' was a term used (in the days when it was politely assumed women didn't have sex before marriage) and 'old maids' was a less polite version of that.

John Dean
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Appologies if i have posted incorectly. just thought you might ... word definition for a woman who has NEVER been married.

Old Maid? Does Spinster any longer have a legal meaning? What would you call a woman who lived with a man for 50 years but never married?

Usually, 'his daughter'.

John 'now Willie Mossop...' Dean
Oxford
Appologies if i have posted incorectly. just thought you might ... definition for a woman who has NEVER been married. Dav)D

OED defines spinster as a woman 'still unmarried'. It was originally someone who worked at spinning. That was the hallmark ... it was politely assumed women didn't have sex before marriage) and 'old maids' was a less polite version of that.)

A woman whose husband has died and who has not remarried is a "widow." A woman who has divorced and not remarried is a "divorcee." A woman who is married is, of course, a wife. With "spinster" that pretty much covers all basic permutations.

Bob Lieblich
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Old Maid? Does Spinster any longer have a legal meaning? ... lived with a man for 50 years but never married?

Usually, 'his daughter'. John 'now Willie Mossop...' Dean Oxford

I have a vague theory that every actor has one part for which they/he/she/it were/was born.
Shelley Duval = Olive Oyl, Val Kilmer = Doc Holliday and so on.

We saw Hobson's Choice at the Royal Exchange in the Spring. It's my opinion that John Thomson *is* Willie Mossop.

David
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OED defines spinster as a woman 'still unmarried'. It was ... and 'old maids' was a less polite version of that.)

A woman whose husband has died and who has not remarried is a "widow." A woman who has divorced and not remarried is a "divorcee." A woman who is married is, of course, a wife. With "spinster" that pretty much covers all basic permutations.

A woman who has not divorced but who has remarried is an idiot.
John Dean
Oxford
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